Fox News host Shepard Smith delivered a pompous interruption of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s speech on the Senate floor.
Smith criticized the Kentucky Republican for blocking election security bills as he purported to explain the latest on the issue, following the testimony of Robert Mueller, to viewers on “Shepard Smith Reporting” Monday.
“Mitch McConnell is on the floor of the Senate defending himself,” Smith declared, “against what he just called modern-day McCarthyism after some pundits described him as un-American and a Russian asset. Some have been calling him Moscow Mitch.”
“Last week, Robert Mueller testified — and just as his report said — the Russians interfered in an attempt to get Donald Trump elected president, everyone is aware of it,” Smith continued. “Right now he believes it’s one of the greatest threats to our democracy.”
“Two stand-alone bills were brought up to protect against Russian interference in the 2020 election and Mitch McConnell blocked them,” he said.
“The day after he said it’s underway, he stopped a bill that’s goal was to protect the United States from the Russian invasion into our election,” Smith pontificated as he finally turned to video of McConnell speaking.
The GOP leader fired back at critics who have attacked him with the ridiculous claim that he’s a “Russian asset.”
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“I don’t normally take the time to respond to critics in the media when they have no clue what they’re talking about,” McConnell said. “But this modern-day McCarthyism is toxic and damaging because of the way it warps our entire public discourse.”
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough set the hashtag #MoscowMitch trending on Twitter last week after an on-air tirade against McConnell, accusing him of “un-American” behavior and of “aiding and abetting Vladimir Putin.”
Smith joined the pile-up, sounding the alarm on cyber attacks by Russia.
“The Russians are using cyber influence to divide us amongst ourselves,” he said, interrupting McConnell’s speech to unload his self-important assessment.
“They attacked our election, it is the consensus of the intelligence community that they are attacking our election now. There has not been one to stand alone bill in his chamber, the chamber which he leads, to try to stop it,” he continued.
“There have not been congressional hearings to bring the nation together around the common cause. And that is the Russians are attacking us and we must make it stop,” Smith declared.
“Democracy is at stake,” he warned. “That has not happened, not yet, not at all.”
The smug lecture from Smith, who last year characterized his colleagues shows on Fox News Channel as opinion programs that exist “strictly to be entertaining.”
“We work for different reporting chains, we have different rules. They don’t really have rules on the opinion side. They can say whatever they want. If it’s their opinion,” Smith said in an interview of the network’s news division lineup, positioning himself as a news anchor.
This from the man many Fox News viewers complain injects plenty of his own opinions in the stories he covers, not to mention his openly anti-Trump bias.
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