While justifying his decision, Trump noted that he was “elected to represent Pittsburgh, not Paris.” When asked by Brian Williams about that particular line, Wallace went off.
“What’s so incredibly cynical about that,” she noted. “First off, I think the speech belongs alongside American carnage from his inauguration address — and some of his convention speech was incredibly dark — this was that side of Donald Trump which is the one we’ve seen the most of in these prepared addresses. But it was an incredibly cynical look at our role in the world.”
The former Republican strategist went on to explain that the citizens of Pittsburgh were joined by those in Paris following 9/11 in terms of fighting in Afghanistan, adding that it was a “false read of history” by Trump.
“It sort of reveals a very shallow and cynical exploitation of the kinds of voters that think we have to choose between being citizens of a great American city and citizens of the world,” Wallace exclaimed.