President Donald Trump's campaign is working overtime to paint Democratic nominee Joe Biden as an unhinged extremist, attempting to apply the same criticisms the Trump campaign lobbed on Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) during the Democratic primaries .
Biden, Sanders, and other big names within the progressive arm of the Democratic party have worked together for a more united approach to issues like healthcare, climate change, and racial justice, but Trump's assertions that Biden is a radical aren't taking hold.
In a preview for an interview with Fox News's Chris Wallace, Trump falsely claimed that Biden wants to abolish the police.
When Wallace pointed out the falsehood, Trump insisted it was true and demanded his staff to bring him a copy of the plan.
Trump interrupts interview to show proof that Biden plans to defund the police. It did not go well https://t.co/ZwEwFpmcOg— Peter Wade 🤦♂️ (@Peter Wade 🤦♂️) 1595013523.0
As Wallace corrected him, Trump claimed:
"They want to defund the police and Biden wants to defund the police...He wants to abolish the police...It says 'abolish' and 'defund.'"
In an interview with colleague Bill Hemmer, Wallace described what happened next.
"So that led to a very interesting exchange where he had his staff go out and get the highlights from that hundred page compact that...the Biden team and the Sanders team had signed, and he went through it and he found a lot of things that he objected to that Biden has agreed to, but he couldn't find any indication—because there isn't any—that Biden has sought to defund and abolish the police."
The charter does agree to police reforms, but it doesn't by any means offer to abolish or even reduce funding for police.
People instantly began mocking Trump.
@Acyn When the President can’t remember setting up an interview outside in 100 degree heat what does that say about… https://t.co/T6xnOBRnMu— R. L. (@R. L.) 1595013482.0
@Acyn Trump’s so knee-deep in his own lies and conspiracy theories he actually may believe them, which make him tot… https://t.co/rKvoErRM0I— jeremybentham (@jeremybentham) 1595013452.0
@Acyn Would love to be a fly on the wall for the staff searching through the charter for the words abolish and defu… https://t.co/jmfW5UwvBY— mamamc BLM (@mamamc BLM) 1595013777.0
@Acyn He has no idea what it means. 🙄— Roberta 🌴🏄🏽♀️ (@Roberta 🌴🏄🏽♀️) 1595013207.0
@Acyn Turns out it DID say "abolish" several times in sharpie after Trump got done looking at it in private. He fo… https://t.co/uyGgMRs8Z8— That Horace Guy (@That Horace Guy) 1595013891.0
People commended Chris Wallace for not letting Trump's lie go unchecked.
@brooklynmutt THIS. THIS. This is how ALL members of the press need to press Trump when he starts spouting absolute… https://t.co/wHT9hGJQwk— V. Stanhope 🌿 (@V. Stanhope 🌿) 1595013742.0
@Acyn Kudos to Chris Wallace. That's how it should be done; far too many just gloss over Trump's lies.— Ex-GOP “Here, right matters.” (@Ex-GOP “Here, right matters.”) 1595020520.0
The interview will air on Fox News Sunday.