Shepard Smith was widely mocked on social media after he issued a dire warning as Hurricane Matthew approached Florida.
“This moves 20 miles to the west, and you and everyone you know are dead,” the Fox News host said on Thursday as he pleaded with his audience to evacuate the area.
“All of you,” he warned. “Because you can’t survive it. It’s not possible unless you’re very very lucky. And your kids die too.”
Smith’s warning came after a plethora of public officials, including President Obama and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, implored people to get out of the path of the hurricane.
Later in the show Smith said he would be speaking to “Delores” who planned to stay put and wait out the storm. He said he would ask her why she’s staying and “if she expects us to cover her funeral.”
“She’s dumb,” he said before bringing her on.
She told him she was hopeful that the worst of the storm would miss her in West Palm Beach.
“Hope is not a strategy,” he said. “Why didn’t you come up and visit us for the weekend or something?”
“Now, are the cops coming around and making you sign a list so they know how to notify next of kin? That’s how they scare the bejeezus out of you,” he told her.
The host then ranted about how old people think they know everything.
“A lot of you Floridians, you’re down there in your gold years and having a high old time and let the kids back in Michigan or something and they’re sitting around the lake, going what the hell is with my mother? Why won’t she do what she’s told? You get old and think you know everything,” he said.
Despite his good intentions most of social media thought Smith overreacted.
— Bailey Michael (@bailsdc) October 7, 2016
— DeplorablElizabeth? (@MissLizzyNJ) October 7, 2016
WTF is wrong with this nut job?? @ShepNewsTeam ◀️ FIRE THIS NITWIT!!! https://t.co/oMpUTx7mPO
— Deplorable Lynda (@LyndaG1963) October 7, 2016
@lotterypicker woah… that was pretty grim
— Don’t Escrow Taxes (@DontEscrowTaxes) October 6, 2016
Others gave him credit for being blunt.
Amusing watching everyone freak out when media is honest. Shepard Smith gives it straight to idiots resisting evachttps://t.co/VhPaW24sXT
— ? (@TroompaLoompa) October 7, 2016
Kudos to @ShepNewsTeam for being real and telling people exactly what they don’t want to hear! Blunt talk saves lives. #HurricaneMatthew
— INT. ROD’S MIND (@RodThompson) October 7, 2016
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