More and more, Shepard Smith comes across as a fish out of water at the Fox News Channel.
Smith hammered Donald Trump for playing up to an already committed base in his “dressing down” of rival Hillary Clinton during Sunday’s debate rather than trying to appeal to independents and undecided voters.
“The pollsters tell us they’re already voting for Donald Trump,” the Fox News host said. “And there are no more of them to go get from some undecided pool or a pool of people who aren’t doing anything.”
Smith said those unsure of who they’ll vote for didn’t get what they were looking for from the Republican nominee.
“What you need to get if you’re Donald Trump, and you want to be president is women in the suburbs of Pittsburgh and Philly,” Smith insisted. “And that is not what they want to hear according to the pollsters. According to Trump’s campaign, his own people, what they wanted to hear was some contrition and then how to make their lives better with some specifics. Something they can grasp onto and say, ’Yes, that is better than Hillary Clinton.’”
“They didn’t get that.”
Shep then let his flair for the dramatic get the better of him — again — suggesting Trump may likely be a fascist.
“This attack is what the base has always wanted, and the base got it in spades last night,” he said. “I mean it might have been borderline unconstitutional and maybe even definitionally fascist.”
The remark was in reference to Trump pledging Sunday night, should he prevail in November, to “instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into” Clinton’s use of a private email server, adding that she would end up “in jail.”
And it was almost enough to cause Smith to burst into flames on-air.
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