Fox News host Chris Wallace defended Jill Biden on Sunday for using the honorific “doctor,” noting that numerous people in the past, including Martin Luther King, have done the same.
“There has been some criticism recently from conservatives, including some conservatives on Fox News, about the fact that first lady-to-be Jill Biden goes by the title doctor,” Wallace said in an interview with Jen Psaki on “Fox News Sunday.”
“I wonder, what is the Bidens’ reaction to that, especially given the fact that so many people over the years — I think of Dr. Henry Kissinger, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King — have gone by the title doctor even though they’re not medical doctors and nobody seems to have made a fuss about that,” he added.
Psaki, who will be Biden’s incoming WH press secretary, agreed the criticism was “a bit perplexing,” contrasting it with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic crisis.
This comes after a Wall Street Journal earlier in December published an op-ed, calling on Biden to drop the title. Fox News’ Chris Tucker also attacked Biden’s use of the honorific, calling her “illiterate” and attacking her dissertation as “pure nonsense.”
“The whole thing is just incredibly embarrassing and not simply to poor illiterate Jill Biden but to the college that considered this crap scholarship, embarrassing in fact to our entire system of higher education, to the nation itself,” Carlson said.
Biden responded to the op-ed in an interview with CBS’s Stephen Colbert last week, saying, “It was really the tone of it. … He called me ‘kiddo.’ One of the things I’m most proud of is my doctorate.”
Chris Wallace’s comments didn’t go unnoticed on social media, as many users quickly called him out for comparing MLK with Jill Biden.
Dinesh D’Souza wrote:
True, many people used the terms “Doctor Henry Kissinger” and “Doctor Martin Luther King.” But the contributions of those two luminaries were somewhat more substantive and elevated than that of community college education instructor “Doctor Jill Biden”
“Pretty sure King actually earned his title, versus buying one.” wrote another user.
“Wallace is just ONE of the reasons ( out of 4 ) that I have QUIT watching FOX NEWS.” added anohter one.