As the Trump shutdown wears on, it’s becoming clear that even Fox News—long a safe place for Conservatives sharing talking points unburdened by factual information—may not let the current administration off so easy.
In an interview with Fox’s Chris Wallace, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended President Donald Trump’s insistence on the allocation of $5 billion dollars to fund a wall at the southern border.
As has become typical for the administration, Sanders reverted to misleading statistics to drum up fear of immigrants and asylum seekers, but in a shocking twist, Fox News and Chris Wallace weren’t having it.
— Matt Shuham (@mattshuham) January 6, 2019
Sanders implied that 4,000 undocumented immigrants were coming through the southern border on foot, but Wallace quickly corrected her:
“I know the statistic, I didn’t know if you were going to use it, but I studied up on this. Do you know what those 4000 people come when they are captured? Airports. The State Department says there hasn’t been any terrorists found coming across the southern border.”
Sanders was taken off guard, but continued to assert that the problem was “by land, by air, and by sea.”
However, Twitter was glad that facts found their way to Fox News.
Bout damn time someone over there studied some facts….js
— kara hallerberg (@karagracia) January 6, 2019
Wow!!!! When did Fox "News" start fact-checking?
— Rick (@response_w) January 6, 2019
I cannot believe I am saying this but this is how you do a interview on the Trump and his administration be ready with fact. Good job Sir.
— Jane Barnes (@JaneBar00668931) January 6, 2019
In short there is no credible threats coming across the southern border. If that was a weak southern border, don't you think terrorists would know about that and try to cross there? More evidence that Trump's wall is nothing more than a campaign promise, ego driven issue.
— Dowdy Jackson (@dowdyjackson) January 7, 2019
More of this please. Seeing her gulp under questioning was worth it.
— Bexy Haack (@begbiewhaack) January 7, 2019
Every interview should be like this. Well done!
— Lisa (@LMetcalf722) January 6, 2019
It was a noted change of pace for the president’s favorite network.