“Look what he’s doing in Philadelphia. Look what — what’s happening. Those are people that he’s supporting. He couldn’t even come out against them yesterday,” Trump said. “They asked him a question. He said, ‘Uh, what’s Philadelphia? Where is it? Where is it?’ He didn’t know what state it was in.”
In their statement, Biden and Harris said their hearts were broken over the death of Wallace, that Wallace’s life “was a Black life that mattered” and that “we cannot accept that in this country a mental health crisis ends in death.” They added, though: “At the same time, no amount of anger at the very real injustices in our society excuses violence. Attacking police officers and vandalizing small businesses, which are already struggling during a pandemic, does not bend the moral arc of the universe closer to justice. It hurts our fellow citizens. Looting is not a protest, it is a crime.”
Trump’s false debate story
At the same Thursday rally in Tampa, Trump repeated a story he has told at other October events. He claimed that when he challenged Biden at their first presidential debate to say the words “law and order,” Biden simply refused — and was protected by moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News.
Trump’s rendition of the debate exchange went like this: “And then I said, ‘Joe, say the words law and order.’ ‘No.’ ‘Say the words law and order, Joe! Say ’em.’ And then Chris Wallace: ‘He doesn’t have to do that.’ ‘Oh, OK, Chris, thanks.'”
Facts First: Trump’s description of the debate exchange was false. Biden did say the words “law and order,” and Wallace did not interject to try to shield Biden from having to answer Trump’s question.
In response to Trump’s second try at the question, Biden said, “Yes. … Everybody’s in favor of law and order.” He then added, “Law and order with justice, where people get treated fairly.”
Trump’s suggestion that Wallace jumped in to protect Biden is also fictional. Wallace actually interjected to tell Trump to let Biden answer the question, not to say the former vice president did not have to answer.