'Fox News Sunday' op Oktober 10, 2021

CHRIS WALLACE, FOX NUUSAnker: Ek is Chris Wallace.

Congress steps back from the financial brink, but the crisis isn’t over,

just postponed.


SY. CHRIS MURPHY (D-CT): The motion is agreed to.

WALLACE (stem oor): The two parties compromised on a plan to save the

Amerikaanse. from default, but Senate Republicans blast their leader over bailing

out Democrats on the debt limit, accusing Mitch McConnell of caving.

SY. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC): I don’t understand why we’re folding here at

the end. This is a complete capitulation.

WALLACE: We’ll discuss what the GOP plan is now with the number two

Republican in the House, Congressman Steve Scalise.

And the Democratic victory is overshadowed by disappointing jobs numbers.


genoeg, we’re making consistent steady progress, wel.

WALLACE: While in Congress, Democrats continue to fight over the

president’s domestic agenda. We’ll ask Senator Chris Coons, a key advisor

to Mr. Biden, about chances for party unity on the long legislative to-do


Plus, the president’s poll numbers hit a new low in the wake of crises at

the border, and in Afghanistan, and a slowing economic recovery. We’ll ask

our Sunday panel if Joe Biden will be a drag on Democrat’s chances,

starting with next month’s Virginia governor’s race.

And our Power Player of the Week, the hit podcaster bringing in famous dads

to celebrate fatherhood.

Almal, nou dadelik, aan “FOX News Sunday.


WALLACE (op kamera): En weer hallo van FOX News in Washington.

President Biden’s fortunes seemed to be going from bad to worse.

Disappointing jobs numbers on Friday were just the latest problem for an

administration already dealing with a crisis at the border, persistent

inflasie, growing supply chain backups, and a pandemic that won’t go away.

And while the threat of defaulting on our debt was pushed off for two

maande, Democrats are still deadlocked over the president’s domestic

agenda. Binnekort, we’ll speak with the number two Republican the House,

Congressman Steve Scalise, and we’ll get reaction from Democratic Senator

Chris Coons.

Maar eerste, let’s bring in Mark Meredith, traveling with the president in

Wilmington, Delaware, for the latest on an administration under fire


MARK MEREDITH, FOX NUUS KORRESPONDENT: Haai, Chris. The Senate’s deal to

raise the debt limit is really just a temporary stopgap that will get

Congress through early December. Intussen, we’re watching as congressional

Democrats are scrambling to keep the president’s economic agenda alive.


GEBOD: We’re actually making real progress.

MEREDITH (stem oor): President Biden wants Americans to be patient, selfs

as the latest jobs report shows the U.S. economy is still struggling. Die

Labor Department reports employers added 194,000 jobs last month, far fewer

as die 500,000 economists expected.

MARTY WALSH, LABOR SECRETARY: We know we have work to do. There’s no

question about it.

MEREDITH: New polling shows most Americans feel the same way. A Quinnipiac

University survey taken last week shows only 38 percent of Americans

approve of the president’s job performance.

JEN PSAKI, WITHUIS PERSSEKRETARIS: Or focus is, ja, not exactly on

the day-to-day up and downs of the polls.

MEREDITH: But some Democrats are warning the White House, fights within

the party over spending priorities but the president’s agenda at risk.

REP. DEBBIE DINGELL (D-MI): I keep saying that if we do not get these

bills passed, Democrats are in real trouble.

MEREDITH: Americans argue the polls prove Americans don’t back the

Demokrate’ bestedingsplanne.

REP. JASON SMITH (R-MO): The last thing we need to do is give a larger

runway for Democrats to continue to spend trillions of dollars of working

class tax dollars.


MEREDITH: Both parties are also closely watching that upcoming governor’s

race in Virginia. It’s a key battleground state. Chris, last week the

Democrat running in the race, Terry McAuliffe, told his surrogates that the

president’s low approval ratings are hurting his chances in this election

– Chris.

WALLACE: Mark Meredith reporting from Delaware — Merk, Dankie.

En sluit nou by ons aan, the number two Republican in the House, Steve Scalise.

Kongreslid, welkom terug na “FOX News Sondag”.

REP. STEVE SKAAL (R-LA): Goeie more, Chris. Good to be back with you.

WALLACE: So, why do you think the jobs report from last month was so

disappointing? President Biden says the key factor was the surge in the

delta variant, particularly in mid-September when the survey was taken.

SCALISE: Wel, regtig, if you look at all the policies under President

Biden — ek bedoel, the inflation that we’re seeing, but paying people not to

work is still a major drag on the economy. Some of the other welfare

programs that they set up earlier this year making it easier for people to

stay at home rather than go get a job when every employer you talked is

looking for workers.

And then you top on top of that the regulations that they keep adding,

agency after agency going after small businesses, making it harder to keep

the supply chain moving. All those things are adding up and they’re all

self-imposed by President Biden who walked in with three vaccines and an

economy primed to take off, and yet it’s been disappointment after

disappointment every month because of this failed Biden agenda.

WALLACE: But you say paying people not to workthe fact is that the

boost in the unemployment benefits from the federal government, they ended

on Labor Day, and yet you saw a disappointing jobs report. That was one

argument Republicans are making, but it didn’t seem to make a difference

when it ended.

SCALISE: But that’s not the only thing that they added. The added a number

of other welfare programs and they got rid of the welfare to work


You go back to Bill Clinton. It was a very successful tool to get people

back into the workforce. Joe Biden helped undermine a lot of those

successful efforts, ook.

So, it wasn’t just one thing. It was many things and they’re all lining up

and catching up with this economy. And it’s — weer, he could reverse it

nou dadelik, but he doesn’t want to. They keep doubling down on this far left

socialist agenda.

WALLACE: Wel, let’s talk about another part of the president’s policy. Hy

says that a big differenceand he’s doubling down on itis vaccine

mandate, because he says that COVID continues to have a hold on the


Take a look at the president this week.


JOE BIDEN, PRESIDENT VAN DIE VERENIGDE STATE: I know vaccination requirements

are tough medicine, unpopular with some, politics for others. But they’re

life-saving. They’re game-changing for our country.


WALLACE: Die feit is, when institutions impose vaccine mandates, die meeste

werkers — the vast majority of workersdo get the vaccinations and go

werk toe. United Airlines imposed one, en nou, 97 percent of their

employees have gotten the vaccine, which helps stop the spread of COVID.

SCALISE: Wel, and they also just laid off a large swath of people.

And you’re seeing it in a number of states where they have the mandates,

hospital workers, byvoorbeeld, getting fired, police officers leaving their


What President Biden needs to be working on is, nommer een, get an FDA

commissioner. The fact that we’re ten months in and he still doesn’t have

an FDA commissioner, it’s been called a rudderless ship over there.

They’re not working on therapeutics. They’re not working on things to help

us get through this. ek bedoel, whatever the next wave is going to be,

President Biden shouldn’t be relying on the three vaccines that President

Trump helped create with Operation Warp Speed. He should be going to the

next step, and he hasn’t done that.

And his own FDA, eerlik gesê, has been one of the problems. That’s where he

needs to be focused, is helping us get through not just where we are now

but whatever might be coming down the road.

Intussen, they won’t hold China accountable. They won’t even have a

hearing in Congress on where this virus originated, even though all the

evidence points to the lab in Wuhan.

WALLACE: Let’s turn to the infrastructure bill, which the Senate passed

overwhelmingly with support from 19 Senate Republicans. Why are you, soos die

House whip, the person in charge of trying to urge your caucus to vote one

way or the other, why are you urging Republicans in the House to vote

against an infrastructure bill that has such strong bipartisan backing?

SCALISE: Wel, we’ve wanted a bipartisan infrastructure bill for a long

tyd, but on day one when that agreement was reached with senators,

President Biden went behind her back with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer

and tied the whole package to the multitrillion dollar tax and spend bill.

So, nou, you’ve got this package, and you saw the president last week go to

the Capitol again.

He was supposed to close the deal and instead he made it very clear that

the tax and spend multitrillion dollar bill is tied directly to the

infrastructure bill and it undermines the whole process. They really should

be working with us on an infrastructure package that would pass

overwhelmingly, but instead they just have an insatiable appetite to raise

taxes and spend more money.

It would kill jobs. It would hit middle-class families. You’re talking

about a package of bills that would raise natural gas taxes, that would put

more of these Green New Deal mandates that would raise energy prices even

higher. We’ve got a 40 percent increase in gas at the pump.

They’re begging OPEC to produce more oil while they shut down the spigots

in die Verenigde State. It makes absolutely no sense. It’s one of the reasons

families across America are revolting against the president’s radical


WALLACE: But let’s talk specifically about the infrastructure bill, watter,

weer, passed with 19 Senate Republicans supporting it. Let’s talk about

what that bill would do for your state.

The infrastructure in Louisiana gets a grade of D+, and the bipartisan bill

would mean almost $ 6 billion more to repair bridges and roads.

Kongreslid, is blocking the president’s agenda more important than helping

the people of your state?

SCALISE: Kyk, we put together over $ 450 billion in infrastructure, met

paaie, hawens, waterways, all the things you’re talking about. That’s not

where they want to go. En, o, Terloops, in this package, they have

language that tells the Corps of Engineers they can’t do projects if it

benefits the oil and gas industry.

Kyk, in my state, in south Louisiana, there are a lot of oil and gas jobs.

We produce a lot of energy for the country. But that kind of language would

actually make it unlikely that we would even get projects in our state and

ander state, ook, because a lot of states are in the energy industry.

They just seem to hate American energy, fossil fuel-based, especially,

while they’re begging countries like OPEC to produce more oil, and they’re

letting Russia build pipelines. They’re shutting off pipeline and energy

production here.

That language is in this package of bills. I wish it was out. I wish they’d

negotiate with Republicans in the House.

Sam Graves, the lead Republican on the Transportation Committee, gewees het

wanting to negotiate a really good bipartisan package for a long time. Hulle

won’t even talk to him.

So, they want to go it alone, and just count on a couple of Republicans, of

do they want to get something that would actually really be good for the

country without all this far left stuff that’s raising costs, jacking up


Inflation is one of the biggest drivers hurting our economy and hurting

middle-class families. Eerlik gesê, it’s a big tax on lower income families.

They should abandon that far left socialist agenda and work with


WALLACE: Kongreslid, I want to talk about one more subject with you. Die

committee investigating the January 6th insurrection has subpoenaed some

documents and also some witnesses, key Trump advisors around that time.

Nou, President Biden announced this week that he is going to deny former

President Trump’s claim of executive privilege. He wants to release some of

the records. President Trump is likely to take the issue to court.

If it comes to a vote in the House for resisting these subpoenas and

holding the people who resist the subpoenas in criminal contempt of

Kongres, how will you vote?

SCALISE: Wel, eerstens, these are legal issues. And you got a number

of people that have been subpoenaed, that are complying. They’re trying to

comply. But it’s a legal process.

En, jy weet, they’ve got attorneys. Terloops, the House of

Representatives, Speaker Pelosi spent millions of taxpayer dollars hiring

attorneys, ook. There are Justice Department cases moving forward. They’ve

arrested hundreds of people.



WALLACE: ek het nou net — I don’t mean to interrupt, but we’re running out of

tyd. Spesifiek, the way it would come to the court is they would resist

the subpoena and then the House would vote to hold them in criminal

contempt, and then it would go to the court.

My question is, if it comes to a vote on the House floor to hold these

people who are ignoring House committee subpoenas to produce documents or

testify, how would you vote?

SCALISE: Wel, I don’t speculate on the bill that’s not before me. Dit is

not before me right now. I voted against the commission because it was

heavily stacked to be a partisan commission.

Kyk, they don’t want to spend any time investigating the origin of COVID.

Daardie, Terloops, matters to the families of over 600,000 Amerikaners. Hulle

don’t want to hold an investigation into what happened in Afghanistan, die

complete botched withdrawal that led to 13 American soldiers dying.

Why don’t they focus on getting our economy back on track, get an FDA

commissioner to get COVID under control?

They want to keep revisiting

WALLACE: Wel, meneer —

SCALISE: — laas jaar, the before at


WALLACE: Wel, meneer, ek bedoel, in fairness, Republikeine — Republicans when

you were in control wanted to go over Benghazi and that was a perfectly

legitimate thing, four Americans died. This was the worst attack in at

least a century or more on the U.S. Kapitool.

Let me ask you one last question in this regard. Duidelik, daar was

irregularities in the last election. There are irregularities in all


But II want to ask you a specific question. Do you think the 2020

election was stolen from Donald Trump? And continuedcontinuing to make

that charge, not having states do election reforms, but specifically making

this charge that the election was stolen. Do you think that that hurts,

undermines American democracy?

SCALISE: Wel, Chris, I’ve been very clear from the beginning. If you look

at a number of states, they didn’t follow their state-passed laws that

govern the election for president. That is what the United States

Constitution says. They don’t say the states determine what the rules are.

They say the state legislatures determine the rules

WALLACE: But the states all certified.


SCALISE: A number of states, they didn’t follow those legislative

WALLACE: The states all certified.


SCALISE: They didn’t follow those legislative rules.

Reg. Maar aan die einde van die dag, are we going to follow what the

Constitution says or not? I hope we get back to what the Constitution says.

But clearly, a number of states, they didn’t follow those legislative



WALLACE: So you think the election was — gesteel?

SCALISE: What I said is there are states that didn’t follow their

legislatively set rules. That’s what the United States Constitution says.

And I think there are a lot of people that want us to get back to what the

Constitution says we should be doing. Not just with elections, maar baie

other things, ook.

And there are some people that want to just ignore what the Constitution

says and do their own thing. Jy weet, that’s been a debate that’s been

going on in this country for a long time.

WALLACE: But do you — doen jy —

SCALISE: Why don’t we just get back to the Constitution?



SCALISE: We won’t have that (ph) probleem.

WALLACE: And they certainly can happen (ph) — but there are people out

daar — there was a rally for President Trump yesterday and a number of

people said, Joe Biden is not my president, Donald Trump is my president.

I guess the question is, do you think the electionthe last time, Ek

promisedo you think the election was stolen or not? I understand you

think there were irregularities and things that need to be fixed. Do you

think the election was stolen?

SCALISE: And it’s not just irregularities. It’s states that did not follow

the laws set which the Constitution says they’re supposed to follow. Wanneer

you see states like Georgia cleaning up some of the mess, and people

calling that Jim Crow law, that’s a flat-out lie. I think people believe


WALLACE: That’s the new law.

SCALISE: — against that sort of thing.

WALLACE: Goed so.

SCALISE: Ja, but the law says — weer, the legislature passed that law.

That’s what the Constitution of the United States says and it wasn’t

followed in a number of states.

WALLACE: Congressman Scalise, Dankie. Dankie vir jou tyd. Altyd goed

om met jou te praat, and I appreciate the way you step up and answer questions

and the way you choose to. Dankie, meneer.

SCALISE: Sekerlik. Great to be back with you. Dankie, Chris.

WALLACE: Volgende, Senate Democrats pushed off a debt crisis with some help

van Republikeine. But the path to victory on their social agenda is still

onseker. We’ll bring in Democratic Senator Chris Coons, that’s next.


WALLACE: Democrats were quick to say Republicans blinked this week in a

game of chicken on the debt limit, but the growing fight inside their own

party over President Biden’s domestic agenda means moderates and

progressives are still playing chicken with each other.

Joining us now, Democratic Senator Chris Coons, one of Joe Biden’s closest

advisors in Congress.

Senator, welcome back.

SY. CHRIS COONS (D-DE): Great to be on with you again, Chris.

WALLACE: So let’s start with those disappointing jobs numbers from last

maand. As I said in my interview with Congressman Scalise, President Biden

blamed the surge in the delta virus of thedelta variant of the


But take a look at these numbers as well, meneer, 183,000 Americans dropped

out of the workforce just last month. Daar was 11 million job openings

vir die 7.7 million unemployed, and there are big supply chain backups.

Senator, isn’t it a lot more complicated than just COVID?

COONS: Sekerlik, it is complicated, but let’s focus on both the positives and

the path forward. Eerste, under President Biden, our economy has created 5

million jobs so far this year. Gemiddeld, 600,000 new jobs a month. En

unemployment is below 5 percent for the first time since the pandemic,

something we didn’t project would happen until 2023.

WALLACE: Maar — maar — maar, meneer — maar — maar, meneer, I mean one of

COONS: Maar, Chris, let me focus on why those people dropped out of the

workforce. It’s the high cost of daycare. I have folks who work for me who

are paying more for daycare than they are for their mortgage, en die

challenge is finding ways to care for our seniors, our children, to provide

for a lower cost of health care are exactly why we’re now going to move

forward with President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda and get people back

werk toe.

WALLACE: Maar — maar, ek bedoel, we do have to put itwe do have to put it

in konteks. Die — die — the economists expected a half a million jobs to

be created last month, en 194,000. And it’s been a steady drop over that

period of time. Childcare didn’t get more expensive in September than it

was inin July or August.

ek wil — but I knowI’m going to take your point, that one of the

ways that Joe Biden thinks that he can change things is by passing his big

tax and spending bill.

Vraag, Democrats can’t agree, continue to not agree on what to pass.

Where is the sweet spot between Bernie Sanders’ $ 3.5 trillion social

uitgawesrekening, and Joe Manchin’s $ 1.5 biljoen uitgawesrekening?

COONS: Wel, Chris, what I think matters most is the policies we agree on

as Democrats, that we should reduce the costs facing most working families.

The cost of health care, the cost of child care, the cost of things like

paid family leave and pre-k, and come together around a package that is

fully paid for.

We’re going to reverse some of the tax giveaways from 2017 to big companies

that are paying nothing in taxes, to the wealthiest Americans, so that we

can give a middle class tax cuts and reduce the costs that are weighing on

every day Americans.


COONS: That’s a package we can all agree on.

And I think the ultimate price will be around $ 2 triljoen. But it’s the

policies that really matter. And as a caucus, we agree on those.

WALLACE: Maar $ 2 trillion is a lot different than $ 3.5 triljoen. Jy — jy

— jy — you get a different set of policies and packages for, jy weet,

basically a little bit more than half of what Bernie Sanders is talking

oor. And that raises the question, where is the sweet spot between having

all the programs butbut itJoe Manchin isthe progressives,

verskoon my, are saying, keep all the programs, just fund them for a shorter

period of time and hope that they attract American support and so,

daarom, they become a permanent part of theof the landscape.

And then you’ve got Joe Manchin saying, geen, cut some of the programs,

eliminate some of them, and means test others.

And I should tell you that on ABC this morning, Treasury Secretary Yellen

said she thinks some of these programs should be means tested. Don’t give

benefits to people who can afford it without a government subsidy.

So — so where are you on this question of fund all of them for a shorter

period of time or target fewer programs and mean test them?

COONS: I think we should be moving forward, Chris, with programs that will

have a real impact on people’s lives. And I’ll give you two quick examples.

The child tax credit is already having an enormous impact on child poverty.

Senator Manchin wants to means test it. So folks who are earning $ 300,000

of $ 400,000 aren’t getting the child tax credit. I suspect that’s a

compromise point we can all come together around.

As I just mentioned, the cost of high quality daycare is out of reach for

too many working families. I think that’s an important thing we should do,

for as long as we can possibly afford to do, because it will have such an

impact on children, on families, and on our country.

Chris, for too long we haven’t invested in our infrastructure. And in the

Senate we’ve passed a big bipartisan infrastructure bill that’s waiting in

the House to go to the president’s desk. Now our task is to pass a bold

bill that will make a difference in the health and education of our

workforce and our families, and I’m really optimistic we will get both of

these bills to President Biden’s desk by the end of this month, hopelik,

possibly by the end of the year. But in any event, it’ll make a huge

difference for our country and our future.

WALLACE: After Republicans agreed this week to bend and help Democrats

pass the debt limit, Senator Schumer took to the floor of the Senate to

make some comments. I want you to watch them and particularly to look at

the expression on Joe Manchin’s face, just over Senator Schumer’s shoulder.



SY. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans insisted

they wanted a solution to the debt ceiling, but said Democrats must raise

it alone by going through a drawn out, ingewikkeld, and risky reconciliation

process. That was simply unacceptable to my caucus.


WALLACE: Senator, do you really want to tick off not only every Republican

senator, but also the one key Democratic senator, Joe Manchin, that you

need to pass anything in the Senate?

COONS: Kyk, eerlik gesê, I agree with the reasons why Senator Schumer was so

gefrustreerd, that this standoff over the debt limit was risky, was

onnodig, was a manufactured crisis. But partly why Senator Manchin had

his head in his hands was he thinks our leaders should be talking to each

other directly. And all of us agree that we need more civility in our

Congress and our country. If we’re going to solve problems facing the

American people, we have to be able to work together.

So while I completely understand President Schumer’s (ph) deep frustration,

the timing may not have been the best.

WALLACE: You said President Schumer. I think you meant Senator Manchin.

COONS: Ek is jammer. Ja. Ek is jammer.

WALLACE: Maybe we should say President Manchin at this point.

Uiteindelik, you’re close to Joe Biden. And I wanted you to take a look at a

Quinnipiac poll they came out this week with some pretty bad numbers for

die president. Thirty-eight percent now approve of the job he’s doing while

53 percent disapprove. More than half of those serving, 55 persent aan 42

persentasie, say the Biden administration is not competent.

Whether it’s the pullout from Afghanistan, or the flood of migrants across

the border into places like Del Rio, Texas, whether it’s surging inflation,

or whether it’s COVID, which President Biden declared independence from on

July 4th and we’ve just gone through a really ugly surge in the delta

variant, the fact is most voters are turning against your guy.

COONS: Chris, I’m genuinely optimistic that in the Senate we are going to

get the Build Back Better bill and pass it and get it over to the House and

the House is going to send the infrastructure bill and the Build Back

Better bill to the president’s desk.

Here’s the truth, wages are going up, COVID cases are going down, jobs are

getting created and filled. It has been a tough month. The delta variant

has been a challenge, but I believe we’ve got a talented, bekwaam,

compassionate president, and ultimately Congress is going to do its job in

getting to his desk the two bills that will really put a lift under our

economy and empower him with the tools he needs to get us out of this

pandemic and to get our economy really going again.

WALLACE: Ek het — Ek het 30 seconds here.

You are perhaps the senator closestyou’re both from Delaware. You’ve

also know each other for decades. To Joe Biden, it has been a bad month, geen

question about it, whether it’s immigration, whether it’s Afghanistan, sommige

of these other things. Do you ever say to him, hey, here’s some advice,

you’ve got to change things?

COONS: We do have heart-to-heart talks. I appreciate the chance to talk

with him directly. One of the reasons why I have supported, I do support,

and I’ll continue to support Joe Biden is he’s a person who deeply believes

in us. He believes in our nation. He believes in standing up and fighting

for democracy in the world stage and on strengthening American families

here at home. And I’m confident that his leadership in the end will prove

out to have been successful.

WALLACE: So it — jy — you just see what we’ve had in September as a

rough patch, not something more permanent and troubling?

COONS: Absoluut. I am optimistic that by the end of this year we’ll look

back at what happened in October and November and say, it set the stage for

a very positive 2022 ahead.

WALLACE: Senator Coons, Dankie. Thanks for sharing part of your weekend

for with us. Please come back, meneer.

COONS: Dankie, Chris.

WALLACE: Volgende, we’ll bring in our Sunday group to discuss the

president’s sinking poll numbers and what they means for selling his

agenda, and getting more Democrats elected.


CHRIS WALLACE, FOX NUUSAnker: Kom op, blistering testimony from a

whistleblower this week leads to bipartisan anger at Facebook.


FRANCES HAUGEN, FACEBOOK WHISTLEBLOWER: I believe Facebook’s products harm

kinders, stoke division, and weaken our democracy.


WALLACE: We’ll ask our Sunday panel whether the two parties can agree on

how to fix big tech, coming up.




eight months of my administration is nearly 5 miljoen werkgeleenthede. Jobs up, wages

op, unemployment down. That’s progress.


WALLACE: President Biden trying to put a positive spin on a disappointing

jobs report by pointing to overall job growth since he took office.

En dit is nou tyd vir ons Sondaggroep.

Jason Riley ofThe Wall Street Journal,” Jackie Alemany of “Die Washington

Post,” and former Democratic Congressman Harold Ford Jr.

Jason, the prevailing view in this White House has been that Americans will

judge Joe Biden onon two key issues. Eerstens, die ekonomie.

Tweedens, covid.

When you have a disappointing jobs report, which is blamed largely on the

delta surge of the coronavirus, how damaging is that for this president?


AND FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Ek — I think it’s quite damaging. If I were the

wit Huis, ek sal — I would take this very seriously. I don’t think

dit is 'n — a blip at all. I think we’ve see a trend line here dating back to

the spring.

And what I found most disturbing in the job numbers is thethe number of

werkers, labor force participation, daar is 5 million fewer people

working today than before COVID. En — and that is quite alarming. And I

think it has to do a lot with disincentives to go back to work.

You mentioned earlier that we have ended the supplemental unemployment

versekering, which is good. I’m not sure it was reflected in these numbers,

but that was the right thing to do. But you still have the government

sending checks to families with children, you still have food stamps, jy

still have rental assistance, and then you have this agenda of Biden’s that

is going to expand the social safety net significantly. And that is the

wrong approach to take when this economy is starved for workers, selfs as

employers areare increasing wages, we still can’t get people back to


WALLACE: Jackie, I want to pick up on that Quinnipiac poll that I was

discussing just a moment ago with Senator Coons. I want to put up some


On a number key issues, the coronavirus, die ekonomie, his job as commander

in chief, the way he’s handling the border, more people disapprove of the

job Joe Biden is doing than approve. In sommige gevalle, you can see there at

the bottom of the screen, a lot more people disapprove.

Your sense, how worried is this White House about the drop in support for

die president? Same question I asked Chris Coons. Do they see it as just a

rough patch he’s going through or something more troubling than that?


Chris, kyk, I think with Trump out of the way here, Biden is now finally

standing on his own record and voters, independent in particular, is

making a more clear judgement.

The White House publicly said that there’s a lot of time here for the

for Biden’s domestic agenda to get done, but I think privately, if you talk

to lawmakers on Capitol Hill, there is concern that the clock is ticking

and a number of very consequential things have all stacked up on top of

each other, from getting comprehensive immigration reform done, to these

two stalled infrastructure bills, to voting rights, which has really

largely dropped out of the picture because of all of the drama on Capitol

Hill in recent weeks over the debt limit and these two stalled

infrastructure bills.

Maar, kyk, Biden’s numbers with independents have dropped by 19-point since

he was elected, a big drop of that happening over the summer. That’s why I

think you see so many Democratsactually this silent majority really, by

least on the House side, who are very keen to get the bipartisan

infrastructure bill done ASAP so that at least at the end of the year Biden

and these vulnerable Democrats can go into 2022 to speak to that.

WALLACE: En, Harold, when the president’s support drops, daardie — daardie

hurtsthat flows down the line and hurts all Democrats. Die president s'n

asking a lot of Democrats to take tough votes on his domestic agenda. Albei

of your progressive, maybe you don’t like the fact that it’s going to be

too little, if you’re moderate that it’s going to be too much. He doesn’t

provide as much political cover.

In Virginia you’ve got a really competitive race for governor. And Terry

McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate and the former governor was quoted this

week as saying that he’s dealing with a, kwotasie, unpopular president, en

that he’s facing, kwotasie, headwinds from Washington.

So I guess the question is, how big a drag is Joe Biden on the Democratic

Party and Congress and in the states right now?


eerstens, thanks for having me and happy Sunday.

I think that the Virginia race will obviously give us some real-time

electoral data here. Terry McAuliffe I think is the best retail politician

in the Democratic Party, arguably in all of politics. And he’s having to

face the headwinds of a president. And I would argue probably more aptly a


I’m surprised that some in Congress are not looking at the long game in a

more serious way. If Democrats, as Joe Manchin said last week, gehad het 50 aan 70

more progressives and had a 10 — I mean had a 25, 50-seat majority in the

huis, and a five to 10 seat majority in the Senate, you can see the

progressive pushingyou can see their efforts yielding a different

resultaat. For that matter, understanding why they’d be pushing that way.

When you have a narrow majority and you have a president who was elected

because he was competent and an answera real answer to the president

voorheen, who seemed not to be, you don’t go overreaching. Grab the victory

in front of you and live to fight another day.

The American people are losing trust in Washington and its ability to

understand their problems, answer their problems and project for the

toekoms. And Democrats are simply adding to that confusion by not grabbing

victory in front of them and, weer, allowing this president and Congress

to live and fight another day on other policy fronts.

WALLACE: So kortliks — kortliks, Harold, are you saying, pass the darn

bipartisan infrastructure bill, which is roads, brûe, all of that, en

forget about this $ 3.5 trillion or you heard Chris Coons today say $ 2

trillion social spending bill?

FORD: Wel, they’ve linked them together, Chris, soos jy weet. So, ja, slaag

the infrastructure bill and come back and argue and more importantly lay

out what’s in the bill. Republicans have laid out what they believe is in

the bill, and I think sometimes they don’t tell the total truth. En

Democrats are outlining what they think is important to build (ph). Maar die

American people are lost in all of this.

So the answer to your question is, ja, pass the infrastructure bill first.

WALLACE: Jason, would that make a difference? As — if they pass the

infrastruktuurrekening, and you heard Chris Coons say, kyk, I think by the

end of the yearand it’s interesting, he’s no longer talking about just

Oktober, but the end of the yearif they were able to pass both

infrastructure and some form of the social spending bill, would that change

President Biden s’n — kyk, he’s not going to win over Republicans, maar

would that change his standing with the country in general?

RILEY: I’m not so sure that it would, Chris. I think Biden’s fundamental

problem is he’s trying to push Bernie Sanders’ agenda, en die land

didn’t elect Bernie Sanders. That’s his problem fundamentally. Syne

ambitions exceed his mandate.

I think Harold Ford is right, he’s got a 50/50 Senaat. He’s got a small

majority in the House. And he needs an agenda that matches that. En dit

is not what we have right now.

Jy weet, the Democrats have long argued that, o, we don’t have these huge

majorities in Congress, but the publicour programs poll well with the

publiek. Wel, as — if that’s true, it’s certainly not inreflected in

these Biden approval numbers right now.

WALLACE: Goed so, paneel, ons moet hier 'n blaaskans neem. But when we come

terug, former President Trump said he’ll fight subpoenas for White House

documents in the investigation of the January 6th attack on the Capitol.

We’ll discuss how the battle over executive privilege may play out in

court. That’s next.



JEN PSAKI, WITHUIS PERSSEKRETARIS: The president has determined that

an assertion of executive privilege is not warranted for the first set of

documents from the Trump White House that have been provided to us by the

National Archives.


WALLACE: White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on the president’s decision

to grant access to Trump administration documents as part of the

investigation of the January 6th insurrection.

En ons is nou terug met die paneel.

Harold, as I discussed with Congressman Scalise, this effort by the

committee investigating the January 6th insurrection to subpoena Trump

rekords, Trump advisors to testify, is almost certain to end up in the


Is this a fight worth having?

FORD: I think it probably is. I think Congressman Scalise, who is a product

of miracle in prayers, as you said at the outset, was — was — was dodging

the question. No one wants toto focus on really the tragedy of that day

and how we prevent it. There are going to be some things that come out that

we don’t want. Some are going to be embarrassed about.

But if the United States Capitol is attacked, I think we have to have an

ondersoek, understood whounderstand was who was a part of, who

might not have been part of it, and what we can do to insure something like

that doesn’t happen again. It’s probably inevitable, it will come to a

floor vote and we’ll have to see where the chips fall.

WALLACE: Jason, precedence would seem to indicate that the sitting

president, Joe Biden, has a stronger case and the courts than a former

president, in this case Donald Trump, when it comes to exerting executive

voorreg. Aan die ander kant, the Supreme Court could set a new precedent,

which it raises the question for me, do Democrats run a risk pursuing this

issue because if they win, than any former presidentany president can

can turn over anything from a former president. And if they lose, dan

former presidents can hide anything they want.

RILEY: I agree with that, Chris. I think it sets a bad precedent. ek dink

you’re going to see tit for tat on this, geen twyfel daaroor nie, gaan


Maar, aan my, it also shows that this is largely a political investigation

going on here andand that it’s not just Congress, but the White House

wants to drag this out as long as possible in order to gain politically.

Whether it’s in the midterms or the next presidential election, this is an

issue that Democrats want to use against Republicans. En, natuurlik,

Republicans want to quickly move on from it. But that’s what this has

word, it’s become political football, ek dink.

WALLACE: Just asas a matter of justice, do you think thatthat Joe

Biden should say, kyk, the former president, this was what was happening

inside his White House. He has executive privilege and I’m not going to

help you in your fishing expedition?

RILEY: I think something along those lines would have been the judicious

thing to do, ja, and letletlet Congress handle it on — op hulle

own. I would have tried toI think Biden should have taken more of a

hands-off approach here, and that’s what you would have done if you wanted

to take more of a hands-off approach.

But I think when he said is that I approve of Democrats using this issue

going forward politically to — aan — to gain an upper hand on Republicans

in upcoming elections. I think that was what he’s indicating here.

WALLACE: Wel, what he said is the National Archive can turn over I think

dis 48 of 50 rekords. He’s going to take it on a case-by-case basis. Maar

he said hand over the records.

Jackie, I want to turn to another explosive story this week, and that was

the testimony by a Facebook whistle-blower up on Capitol Hill in which she

compared the actions of Facebook toto big tobacco.

Take a look at what she had to say.



Teenagers don’t have good self-regulation. They say explicitly, I feel bad

when I use Instagram and yet I can’t stop. We need to protect the kids.


WALLACE: This may be the most damaging testimony yet because it came from a

pretty high up Facebook insider who has takenI was about to use the

“gesteel” woord — but taken a number of documents. En tog, despite that,

en — and despite of all the hearings, Jackie, Congress really seems to be

at a loss about what specifically to do about Facebook andand other of

the pillars of big tech.

ALEMANY: That’s exactly right, Chris. This is one of the few issues where

there his bipartisan agreement that something needs to be done, but what

that is exactly has still created a long jam in Congress.

Haugen, eintlik, interessant, recommended against sort of an anti-trust

druk, breaking up Facebook, saying during her testimony this week that that

would actually cause more problems if you broke up Facebook into ten

different companies. That would just multiply it to ten more problems. Sy,

in plaas daarvan, advocated things like additional oversight, like they already do

in some federal agencies. Other lawmakers have proposed creating a whole

new federal agency to regulate Facebook and tech companies more closely.

Others have tried to punt it to the Federal Trade Commission.

What lawmakers ultimately agree on is going to be challenging to push

through either way with such a narrow majority and such a robust lobbying

operation of these tech companies in Washington.

WALLACE: Jy weet, Jason, everybody seems to have a problem on Capitol Hill

with big tech and with Facebook. In this particular case, Republicans are

saying don’t block stories, don’t hide stories about Hunter Biden. You’ve

got Democrats saying, jy weet, don’t put out information onon election

disinformation. But they seem really to be at a loss as to what to do and

how to agree to get a consensus about what to do.

RILEY: Ek — ek stem saam, Facebook has become everyone’s favorite punching bag

deesdae, whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican. I think the company

is wrong toif they’re hiding information about the harmful effects of

of their product on kids.

Maar uiteindelik, Chris, jy weet, Facebook is not responsible for — vir

raising kids. Parents are responsible for raising kids. I mean the solution

here is to give parents better control over what their kids see online.

En, instead you have politicians wanting to use this issue to get Facebook

to chart — jy weet, sort of monitor what they would consider

misinformation, watter, natuurlik, very easily bleeds into speech, en

political speech. And I think here thethe cure might be worse than the


WALLACE: Harold, you were in Congress, now you’re in business. Is there an

answer as to how to regulate big tech, and do you think that — daardie

Congress has the wherewithal, the expertise, in a part of our economy, ons

ekosisteem, that keeps changing so rapidly, to understand and — en — en

answer and deal with that, with those issues?

FORD: Let’s hope they do. Jy weet, this is Congress exercising its

oversight responsibility, whether it be wondering how he botched the Afghan

ontrekking, whether it be the January 6th insurrection, en nou — en nou

this with Facebook.

Kyk, banks are regulated. TV and radio are regulated. Airlines are

regulated to protect consumers and children in large part. So social media

platforms have invited this because they’vethey’vethey’ve

demonstrated they can’t regulate themselves. If data shows — en hierdie —

this young whistleblower demonstratedthe data shows that they know that

this is harmfulsome of their products are harmful to the mental health

of children, particularly young women, and they chose to ignore it. So

Congress is going to have to develop the expertise, much like if you think

about what — wanneer hulle — die — when they addressed Microsoft many years

gelede, the issues. They brought in experts. They should bring in experts

hier, whether it’s privacy, whether it’s reducing some of the protections

the social media platforms face in terms of liability, all of that should

be on the table. And if Congress does know how to sort through it, bring

in the experts, like this whistleblower, to help them sort through it.

WALLACE: I’ve got about 30 sekondes oor.

There were some people in that Senate hearing who said, o, we need to get

Mark Zuckerberg here. Mark Zuckerberg has testified over and over again.

He’s going to deny everything. It doesn’t seemI’ve only got about ten,

15 seconds for you hereit doesn’t seem to result in anything.

ALEMANY: Kyk, Mark Zuckerberg has said time and

FORD: Kyk, hy —

WALLACE: Geen, Harold.

FORD: As — if he comes back before Congress, he will have now a very

pointed set of questions. He will have to answer the concerns that have

been raised by his own employee and hopefully Congress will be able to

listen and react accordingly.

WALLACE: Wel, Dankie, paneel. I have a feeling we’ll be discussing this

meer. Sien julle volgende Sondag.

Volgende, ons “Power Player of the Week,” he’s getting some of America’s

biggest names to talk about the ups and downs of being a father.


WALLACE: While I was promoting my book, “Countdown Bin Laden,” over the

verlede maand, I did a number of interviews. And one of the most interesting

was on a podcast where the host asked about a lot more than my book.

Questions I didn’t get anywhere else. He’s ourPower Player of the Week.



the narrative on fatherhood and family life here.

WALLACE (stem oor): Alec Lace is talking about his podcast, “First Class

Fatherhood,” where he tells young man about the joy of having a family.

LACE: Haai, thank you so much for giving me a few minutes of your time here

aan “First Class Fatherhood.

What I do is try to bring on these guys that have just really had a lot of

success in life and they say, jy weet wat, despite all these

accompaniments in life, it’s really only been through the experience of

becoming a father that’s given me any sense of fulfillment in life.

WALLACE: Alec works nights as a railroad mechanic. The podcast is a

sideline that took off. It’s now in the top 1 percent of downloads, in

large part because of some remarkably good guests.

Ongeïdentifiseerde man: Just hang in there.

Ongeïdentifiseerde man: Focus on their strengths and not their weaknesses.

Ongeïdentifiseerde man: Some people try to shield their kids from everything.

That doesn’t work.

Ongeïdentifiseerde man: I have a lot of people that go, I’m not ready to have a

kid, I’m not ready toyou’re never ready.

WALLACE (op kamera): Where’s your studio?

LACE: It’s in my bedroom closet.

WALLACE: You’re interviewing Matthew McConaughey from your bedroom closet?

LACE: Matthew McConaughey, ja.

MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY: Fatherhood’s a verb. It ain’t like you helped make the

baby and then you did it and now you’re a father. O, now the work just


WALLACE (stem oor): Alec’s father was 50 when he was born.

LACE: He was a no-nonsense guy. Jy weet, he was a disciplinarian. I grew

op — I was one of those guys, just wait until your father gets home.

WALLACE: Even with a tough dad, Alec still got into trouble with substance


WALLACE (op kamera): You were banned for life from the Giant’s football


LACE: Ja, not something I’m proud of, Chris. We were drinking, jy weet,

heavily and the last thing I remembered, dit was, jy weet, halftime of the

game and then I woke up in Hackensack Hospital, naked, handcuffed to the


WALLACE (stem oor): Vandag, Alec is sober and a father of four.

WALLACE (op kamera): What would you say is your parenting philosophy?

LACE: I would say it’s listening. Jy weet, my kids teach me more about

myself than I think I’m teaching them.

WALLACE (stem oor): And his podcast got him back into NFL stadiums.

LACE: They invited me to come to Super Bowl media day, and I was right

there with all the rest of the guys from ESPN and from all the major


Ongeïdentifiseerde man: Up until you have kids, it’s all about you. And when you

have kids, dis — it’s about the family.

WALLACE (op kamera): One of your big concerns is the number of children in

this country who are growing up without a father.

LACE: Ja, I’m passionate about that, Chris. I spoke with Michael Irvin at

the Super Bowl last year about this.

MICHAEL IRVIN: But if you have to get a divorce from the wife, you should

nooit nie, ever divorce the kids. Stay on your post.

WALLACE (stem oor): Which brings Alec back to his advice for young men.

LACE: They’re all chasing these other things in life when I’m trying to

tell them, luister, it’s actually fatherhood that’s going to make you a

better man, a better person, uiteindelik, jy weet, a better husband. So

it’s really the thing to shoot for and to aspire to be.


WALLACE: Soos ek gesê het, I was the guest on a recent episode ofFirst Class

Fatherhood.If you want to hear what Brady and McConaughey and, ja, Ek

have to say about fatherhood, you can download it wherever you get your


En dit is dit vir vandag. Have a have great week and we’ll see you next FOX


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