During MSNBC commentary on the procession of the casket of former President George H.W. Bush to the Capitol Building, Republican pundit Nicole Wallace stated:
“I think what everyone’s getting at is that under Donald Trump, the office of the presidency has been debased in a way that is unimaginable for people who served, every past president…”
“I think what’s lost in this moment is our reverence and our dependence and the way we need and rely upon the elegance and the traditions of the presidency.”
But Fox News host Laura Ingraham called foul on Wallace’s assessment. In a since deleted series of tweets, Ingraham quoted Wallace and referred to her commentary as “sniping”:
“As the #Bush41 processional was making its way to the Capitol, @MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace sniped: ‘Under Donald Trump the office of the presidency has been debased in ways that are unimaginable to those who have served every past president….’ — Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) December 3, 2018”
“‘…what’s been lost is reverence….’ she added. #irony — Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) December 3, 2018”
But Wallace responded to the dig from Ingraham.
— Nicolle Wallace (@NicolleDWallace) December 3, 2018
Fellow MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski also weighed in.
If describing reality is sniping then ok .. but I’m not sure where you think this is going except REALLY badly. @NicolleDWallace is right on.. you are as usual serving as the president’s panderer. I’m not sure that ends well but hey good luck! https://t.co/pPxkC6qJcA
— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) December 4, 2018
Ingraham—who lost sponsors after an attack against Parkland mass shooting survivor David Hogg—deleted the original tweet naming Wallace and replaced it with a more generic statement. Ingraham also made certain to tag President Donald Trump in her final version.
Using memorial services or funerals to launch political attacks–exactly the sort of crassness they accuse @realDonaldTrump of exhibiting–is always wrong.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) December 4, 2018
While Ingraham’s fans supported her message, others felt as Brzezinski did about statements of fact being apolitical.
Political attacks or just simply the truth? I think the latter.
— Carole Moss (@CaroleMoss5) December 4, 2018
I don’t know why you bother to tweet
Yesterday your swipe at Nicole Wallace had 2 agreements out of the 122 replies I read. 98.5% disagree with your opinion.
— Tina Carter (@tlc1946) December 4, 2018
While others brought up Ingraham’s own reputation and conduct.
I’m sorry. Have you ever said or written anything, at any time, that *wasn’t* crass? Isn’t that, literally, the only language you speak? Isn’t that the only reason anyone even knows you exist?
— Lee B. Weaver (@FinalFormLeeB) December 4, 2018
Like the one you launched against Nicole?
— Pat Martinez (@patspfd) December 4, 2018
The former shock jock famously sent a tape recorder to a gay student support group at Dartmouth College when she was a student there.