CNN anchor Chris Wallace gushed over Hollywood mogul Judd Apatow during an interview on his doomed new show, praising the filmmaker for apparently giving “Trump a beatdown.”
Wallace claimed the jokes Apatow wrote for former President Barack Obama’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner (WHCD) resulted in the “humiliation” of then-star of “The Apprentice” Donald Trump.
Wallace also argued Apatow’s “beatdown and that humiliation” of Trump caused him to finally throw his hat in the ring and run for president.
“It has been suggested that you are responsible for Donald Trump becoming president of the United States,” the host said in a recent episode of HBO Max’s “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace.”
“How dare you,” Apatow joked.
Wallace continued: “And you know the allegation, the assertion — which I think even David Axelrod made — which was that you participated in writing jokes for Barack Obama for the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner, where he famously went after a fellow in the audience named Donald Trump.
“And this was, this is for a real estate mogul.
“He’s not anything in terms of politics at that point.
“You know, a lot of people say it was because of that beatdown and that humiliation that Trump finally decided, after flirting with it for a long time, yeah, I’m gonna run.
“So my question is, Judd, has that been hard to live with?”
“I don’t believe that history is true.
“That was the night that Bin Laden was killed.
“It was 2011, so it was five years before Trump ran for president.
“And I think that he always was flirting with it.
“I saw the Roger Stone documentary, and I think every four years, he almost got into the game.
“I think his calculation to get into the game was not like, ‘Oh, four years ago, someone made a joke.’
“I think he certainly, as we’ve seen, wanted to be in power.”
Wallace slobbered over Judd and his jokes, saying, “I think you are underestimating the power of your beatdown of Donald Trump and the scars that it left.”
“Thank you and I will try to rock these endings a little bit harder.
“Okay, knowing you’re in your pajamas watching.”