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Fox News' Chris Wallace isn't buying the spin about Trump's attacks on the 'squad'

Fox News' Chris Wallace came out swinging on Sunday with some tough questions about President Trump's recent attacks on four Democratic congresswomen.

Wallace on Fox News Sunday interviewed White House senior adviser Stephen Miller following a week of controversy about Trump telling minority congresswomen to "go back" to where they came from, per Mediaite, starting off by showing a video package of the president's "long record" of inflammatory rhetoric and asking Miller flat out, "Why shouldn't someone see all of that as racist?"

The Fox host challenged Miller on Trump's false claims that he quickly shut down a "send her back" chant at his rally last week, pointing out that Trump actually "let it go on for 13 seconds" and he "said nothing" immediately after the rally "that indicated any concern about the chant."

Wallace also objected to the idea of Trump telling the congresswomen they should leave the United States if they're going to criticize it so much, proceeding to play a montage of Trump himself repeatedly criticizing the United States before he was president.

"Why is what those congresswomen have said in general any worse than what you just heard Donald Trump say?" Wallace asked. Miller claimed there's a big difference between comments Trump has made and what the congresswomen have said, which Wallace didn't seem to buy. In fact, the Fox News host came with receipts to show that Trump's claims that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) once called the United States "garbage" is based on a completely out-of-context quote.

"There's no question that he is stoking racial divisions," Wallace ultimately concluded of Trump.

At another point in the show, as Mediaite reports, Wallace pressed Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe about whether Trump's "go back" tweets were "wrong," suggesting that those who say the tweets were politically wise — presumably including those on his own network — are missing the point.