Former President Donald Trump's lies about the validity of the 2020 election have irrevocably eroded public trust in American democracy among an unignorable faction of the Republican party.
While a slim number of GOP elected officials publicly refuted these lies, seven Senators and 138 Representatives in the Republican party voted to throw out certified and verified election results in one or more swing states that Trump lost—even after his election fantasies culminated in a deadly failed insurrection against the U.S. Capitol.
Even now, some of these lawmakers—like far right Congresswoman and prominent conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia—continue to peddle the lie that the election was stolen.
Though the conservative Fox News network repeatedly platformed these lies (and is currently facing lawsuits for doing so), veteran journalist Chris Wallace made clear in a recent interview that he has no interest in platforming elected officials who voted to throw out electoral votes.
"I Was Sickened" - Chris Wallace On The Jan. 6th Capitol Insurrection www.youtube.com
Late Show host Stephen Colbert asked Wallace about the cynicism in Washington that motivates certain lawmakers to knowingly tell lies that damage American democracy.
"Well, there were plenty of people, in the Congress, who were the leaders of challenging it who I have just not had on the show ever since then, and have purposefully not had them on, frankly, because I don't want to hear their crap."
Wallace went on to say that while interviewing certain leadership Republicans is unavoidable, he doesn't have anyone on without putting them through the wringer.
People related to his attitude towards the pro-insurrection caucus.
"Crap" is exactly what it is. https://t.co/QNYKP7eQH0— Donald K-Not "That" Other Donald (@Donald K-Not "That" Other Donald) 1631207896.0
Amen Chris Wallace @FoxNewsSunday : "I've been in Washington 40 years, so I've seen a lot of bad stuff," "But nothi… https://t.co/I9gvZdi4ZJ— Barbara Comstock (@Barbara Comstock) 1631220079.0
I 100% feel his frustration u know for a fact if there was real proof this would be the biggest news story ever an… https://t.co/fapJjbUHN6— AgressiveProgressive (@AgressiveProgressive) 1631286525.0
The sensible thing to do is not promote or give a platform to propaganda. https://t.co/lYjAIlgdjY— Kelli Stretesky #RightsMatter #StopCorruption (@Kelli Stretesky #RightsMatter #StopCorruption) 1631242941.0
Chris Wallace gets it right - again https://t.co/LYQsZ8rUWD— John Lundin 🌊 (@John Lundin 🌊) 1631242242.0
This is the way. Don't amplify nonsense and corruption https://t.co/hi9AGYRHsv— Dr. Zoidberg (@Dr. Zoidberg) 1631236841.0
Many considered him one of the only honorable journalists on the Fox News network.
Chris Wallace the only real journalist on faux entertainment https://t.co/7xzxCC4ct0— pissedoff (@pissedoff) 1631283841.0
Wallace is one of a precious few left with fox https://t.co/PSv29k83nX— Keep looking up! Carla (@Keep looking up! Carla) 1631242196.0
Strange times we live in. I had never seen eye-to-eye with Chris Wallace, or Liz Cheney, and yet I hold them in the… https://t.co/KMgQ3D5U2O— 🌈 #TrumpTheImpeachedPOS🆘 🏳️🌈🌊🌈 (@🌈 #TrumpTheImpeachedPOS🆘 🏳️🌈🌊🌈) 1631271637.0
Sadly, right-wing disinformation continues to spread.