Is Chris Wallace a Republican? His political views are less mysterious than other moderators’

Next Wednesday will be the third and final presidential debate, and although you may think you’ve seen it all at this point, this last one promises to be bonkers. Arguably one of the most unpredictable aspects of the last debate will be its moderator — Fox News’ Chris Wallace, whose political views have recently become a source of contention. So, is Wallace a Republican or not?

Fox News is, as we all know, hardly the most neutral, unbiased news outlet around. On everything from Black Lives Matter to abortion, it’s constantly spinning widely disproven myths. Its staunchly conservative former CEO Roger Ailes now not only supports but advises Trump (considering their treatment of women, is this really a surprise?), and Wallace has reportedly maintained a close relationship with Ailes, which many are now citing as a conflict of interest.

Trump has not only appeared on Wallace’s show, but praised Wallace as having “the best political show on television” in a tweet. Heck, in 2014 Trump even wished Wallace a happy birthday on Twitter, which obviously people only do for their tightest besties.

It’s not known whether or not Wallace is a registered Republican, as Lester Holt (who moderated the first debate) is, but there’s no denying there’s something of a conflict of interest going on here, given Wallace’s close relationship to a top Trump adviser and an apparently friendly relationship with Trump.

Wallace claimed he intends to lead a “fair and balanced” debate and to “ask smart questions” and “engage the two [candidates] in conversation” in an interview with fellow Fox News journalist Howard Kurtz. However, it’s concerning that Wallace has no intention of fact-checking the candidates. In his own words, he explained: “I do not believe that it’s my job to be a truth squad. It’s up to the other person to catch them on that. I certainly am going to try to maintain some semblance of equal time if one of them is filibustering, I’m going to try to break in respectfully and give the other person a chance to talk.”

Obviously, neither candidate ever 100 percent tells the truth, but this is more relevant to Trump. On everything from the Iraq War to his tax returns, so much he says is easily refuted by simple facts, and Wallace’s determination to not call him out is more than a little concerning.

However, Wallace hasn’t backed down from asking Republicans like former President Ronald Reagan tough questions, once asking Reagan why he denied that Israel was involved with the arms sales to Iran when he “knew that wasn’t true” as journalist at NBC in the ’80s.

Wallace has consistently defended Fox News against allegations of its conservative bias, but unless he calls out Trump’s lies at the debate, it’s likely the accusations of bias levied against him will only be amplified.

Catch the third and final presidential debate Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 9 p.m. ET from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.