Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump went head to head for the third time Wednesday night, but it was moderator Chris Wallace's first time in the hot seat.
Wallace, the veteran journalist, is the first Fox News personality to moderate a general election debate. After NBC's Lester Holt was widely criticized for his debate performance; and co-moderators Anderson Cooper, of CNN, and Martha Raddatz, of ABC News, were largely praised for their handling of the presidential face off; how was Wallace's debut reviewed?
Here's what viewers of the exchange in University of Nevada in Las Vegas said about Wallace social media:
Before the debate began, viewers thought of Notorious BIG.
The late rapper's name was Christopher Wallace, which is very similar to journalist Chris Wallace's name.
Wallace started with a Constitution question, and Twitter respected his authority.
The moderator made it very clear that he'd tolerate no cheers or booing during the debate.
Chris Wallace gets right to it and starts with a question on the Supreme Court and the Constitution. #debatenight— T.J. Holmes (@tjholmes) October 20, 2016
Chris Wallace OWNING IT— Colin Jost (@ColinJost) October 20, 2016
Chris Wallace opting not to open with any Q's about the past week's news -- instead beginning with #SCOTUS— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 20, 2016
Twitter gave Wallace props for pressing Trump on Roe v. Wade.
Does Trump want it overturned? He wouldn't say definitively.
Chris Wallace is doing a good job keeping them on track. Trump won't answer Roe v Wade question. #debatenight— Chris Johns (@cbj_dreams) October 20, 2016
Good for Chris Wallace for pressing Trump to make a clear statement on Roe V. Wade. #debatenight— Martin Daly (@marty10707) October 20, 2016
Props to Chris Wallace for staying on trump to answer that Roe v Wade question #debates— Lee ☕️ (@GooeyAppleSauce) October 20, 2016
Wallace continued to ask specific policy questions, and earned many fans.
He navigated discussion of abortion and citizenship.
This is excellent moderating from Chris Wallace. Questions about substance get substantive answers.— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) October 20, 2016
Bravo to Chris Wallace for asking questions. #debate— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) October 20, 2016
If Chris Wallace keeps this up, it will be the guy from Fox News who has forced an actual policy debate.— @ijbailey (@ijbailey) October 20, 2016
Wallace was praised for his efforts at keeping the debate on track.
"I'm not a potted plant, here, I do get to ask questions," he said.
There you go, Chris Wallace. Good job stopping Trump from bullying the debate...— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) October 20, 2016
Chris Wallace is bringing it tonight. I don't envy him. this debate is brutal #debatenight— Franchesca Ramsey (@chescaleigh) October 20, 2016
Chris Wallace is a total pro. Totally on top of his game.— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) October 20, 2016
I must say, I think Chris Wallace is doing a fine job so far. What do u think?— Elizabeth Vargas (@EVargasABC) October 20, 2016
Twitter found it amusing Wallace had to stop the audience from laughing.
What made them giggle? Trump saying, "No one has more respect for women than I do."
Wallace forced to chastise the audience, who laughs audibly when Trump says "Nobody has any more respect for women than me." #debatenight— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) October 20, 2016
Chris Wallace just had to silence the audience from laughing at Trump saying "No one has more respect for women than me."— Colin Jost (@ColinJost) October 20, 2016
Press room laughs at “No one has greater respect for women than me,” then HARDER at Chris Wallace telling the crowd not to laugh.— Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) October 20, 2016
Twitter cheers for Wallace's fact-checking skills.
The journalist shared his knowledge of Trump's lawsuit details, despite the fact that he said he wasn't planning on being the "truth squad." He also face-checked what was said in earlier debates.
Wallace to Trump: "You said several things in that debate that were not true, sir."— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 20, 2016
Chris Wallace was spring-loaded with the details of that lawsuit. Outstanding #debate— Scott Braddock (@scottbraddock) October 20, 2016
Chris Wallace: "Didn't you use some of your charity money to settle lawsuits?"— Colin Jost (@ColinJost) October 20, 2016
Trump: "We put up an American flag."
America: "But... Hmmmm."
"Wasn't some of the money used to settle your lawsuits?" Wallace asks about the Foundation. GOOD. He doesn't really answer.— emily nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) October 20, 2016
Wallace, despite his earlier statements that he wouldn't, deftly doing some live fact-checking there on Trump's claims on fact-checking.— David Folkenflik (@davidfolkenflik) October 20, 2016
Wallace for president?
Many viewers thought the Fox News journalist won the debate, especially after he asked a question about the national debt.
Can we just elect Chris Wallace instead?— Bret Stephens (@StephensWSJ) October 20, 2016
I think I might heart Chris Wallace.— Rosemary Barton (@RosieBarton) October 20, 2016
Chris Wallace is hands down the best moderator of the cycle, bravo #debates— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) October 20, 2016