Trump reacts to Shep Smith’s departure from Fox News – as only Trump can

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President Donald Trump responded to Shepard Smith’s unexpected Friday afternoon resignation from Fox News in much the same manner he’d responded to former Utah Rep. Mia Love’s tragic defeat in the 2018 midterm elections.

Is he leaving? Oh, that’s a shame,” he said dismissively when asked by the media outside the White House specifically about whether his administration had engineered Smith’s sudden resignation. For clarification, there is no indication that President Trump, the Trump administration, or anyone connected to the president had anything to do with Smith’s decision to leave the news network.

After Love lost her reelection battle last year, Trump responded just as dismissively, saying, “Mia Love gave me no love and she lost … too bad. Sorry about that, Mia.”

“Wait, did I hear Shepard Smith is leaving?” he continued on Thursday. “Is he leaving because of bad ratings? Tell me, I don’t know. He had terrible ratings.”

“Is he leaving because of his ratings? I mean, if he’s leaving, I assume he’s leaving because he had bad ratings. He had the worst ratings on Fox, so there’s a reason. Why is Shepard Smith leaving? Well, I wish him well. I wish Shepard Smith well.”


(Source: Fox Business Network)

The disdain the president clearly feels for Smith is shared among a wide swath of conservatives in part because of the now-resigned FNC host’s smug, condescending attitude, and his propensity to propagate mainstream media lies.

Trump’s remarks on Friday weren’t the first time he’d taken direct or indirect shots at Smith, nor would they likely be his last.

In fact, the president doubled down in a tweet late Friday evening:

Now flashback to late August, when he took dual shots at both FNC host Judge Andrew Napolitano and his “good ‘pal’ of low ratings,” i.e., Smith:

Earlier in August, he slammed Smith as the host of “the lowest rated show” at Fox and wrote that he preferred watching “Fake News CNN” to him:

The “lowest rated show” refrain is one that he’s used often, including following Democrat cheat Donna Brazile’s stunning hiring earlier this year:

The only exception appears to be in March when he switched up his wording slightly and referred to Smith as Fox’s “lowest rated anchor”:

To be fair, the attacks have been two-sided. After the whistleblower non-scandal erupted late last month, Smith blatantly attacked the president by outright lying about what he’d said during his infamous phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

And during the president’s spat with the Democrat’s radical anti-American freshman “squad” in July, Smith labeled the president’s criticism of the radical Democrats as “xenophobic.”

Now, while it’s clear the president never liked Smith, he has shown great affection toward plenty of other FNC hosts and personalities.

Speaking at a campaign rally in Iowa on Tuesday, for instance, he listed all his “great friends” at Fox while speaking about his nickname for the Democrats.

“Now the Democrats, or as some people would say ‘the dims,'” he began. “‘The dims,’ who says that? Lou Dobbs, the great Lou Dobbs, he says that, right? Sean Hannity says that. ‘The dims.’ Sean Hannity. Judge Jeanine [Pirro] says that, doesn’t she?”

“Laura [Ingraham]. Laura, how good has Laura been, right? We got a lot of good people. Do we like Tucker [Carlson]? I like Tucker. How about Steve Doocey, how about Ainsley [Earhardt], Brian [Kilmeade]? We got a lot of great friends.”


Smith clearly didn’t make the list. Nor did Napolitano, Brazile, Chris Wallace, Juan Williams, Chris Hahn or any other FNC contributor who’s a registered Democrat.

Nor did any of them make the list he read off during a rally Thursday in Louisiana:


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