Sandra Smith dubbed Fox News’ new Shep Smith, with ‘nasty attitude and accusatory tone’

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Fox News’ Sandra Smith was torched by viewers over her combative attempt at an interview with Trump campaign senior adviser Mercedes Schlapp.

The two locked horns Tuesday in a heated debate about President Trump’s recent remarks on mail-in voting, sparking a torrent a criticism from viewers who slammed Smith as the network’s “new Shepard Smith.”


(Source: Fox News)

Schlapp, who also dealt with petulant and combative CNN host Brianna Keilar over the same topic, attempted to give Smith a “crash course” on the difference between absentee ballots and mail-in voting after being pressed on Trump’s contention that mail-in voting may lead to increased voter fraud.

The president has repeatedly made the argument against the push by Democrats and, in tweets on Tuesday, he slammed Nevada’s universal mail-in voting law as an “illegal late night coup” while he praised Florida’s mail-in balloting.

“Whether you call it Vote by Mail or Absentee Voting, in Florida the election system is Safe and Secure, Tried and True,” Trump tweeted, adding that “in Florida I encourage all to request a Ballot & Vote by Mail!”

Smith, who was guest-hosting Fox News Channel’s “The Story with Martha MacCallum” on Tuesday, asked Schlapp about criticism from presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden who claims that Trump “is setting things up to cry foul” if he loses in November.

“Give me a break! Hillary Clinton didn’t even accept the results of the election in 2016. I think for Joe Biden to make that claim is preposterous,” Schlapp replied.

“Clearly what President Trump is bringing to light is that when you are looking at Democrats who are pushing for universal mail-in voting, especially 90 days before a general election, where many of these states are not prepared to handle this, it can cause voter fraud. It can cause a huge problem,” Schlapp added.

“Where’s the evidence of this?” Smith asked. “You were challenged multiple times on that today and you did not come up with evidence of that, and quite frankly, there is strong evidence to the contrary.”

The Fox News host then argued that the Trump campaign and RNC “have been responsible for setting up safe and secure mail-in voting across the country,” but Trump seemed to contradict that in his recent interview with Axios’ Jonathan Swan.

“By claiming it would be fraudulent, isn’t he making the case that the RNC and the Trump campaign got things wrong?” Smith questioned.

“Let me give you a crash course on absentee ballot versus mail-in voting,” Schlapp shot back.

“In the case of Florida, for example, that would be an absentee voting system that’s in place. That’s when you get to request a ballot, the ballot gets to your house, you fill it out, you send it back in,” she explained.

“When you’re talking about mail-in voting based on the Democrats’ framework, what they mean is they compare it to the election file and then they send it out to all those individuals on the election file who might have died, who might have changed address, and that is where you run into potential election fraud,” Schlapp added.

“But why was it safely done in Florida, then?” Smith asked, adding snidely, “Thank you for the education on that.”

“I think, quite frankly, everybody should go read up on that because it seems to be a pretty harsh discussion right now, the difference between mail-in and an absentee voting, and we are all getting an education on that,” she added. “But he’s flipped on Florida and said it’s safe to do it there.”

“Because it’s absentee. Are you getting the difference?” Schlapp replied as Smith cut her off, chiding her to “hold on” and “respectfully” listen to the clip of the president’s remarks.

She went on to press Schlapp on the argument that there are Republicans “behind-the-scenes” who “are saying it is puzzling that he continues to press this issue, that it is self-defeating and made the point that it could backfire because it’s going to be the president’s own base that listens to him on this, not Democrats.”

Schlapp went on to address Smith’s points, citing the fiasco in New York’s primary race that has taken weeks to determine the winner in a tight congressional race that prompted a lawsuit over thousands of invalidated mail-in ballots.

“I think we have an issue here that we are seeing in New York, how are you going to take that to a national scale when you’re dealing with millions of votes and then you’ve got Nevada that in the dead of the night, they changed the law and what they ended up doing is you can vote three days after the election…” she said as Smith again cut her off.

“There’s a lot to take in there, but I’m running out of time with you and we spent a lot of time on that,” the Fox News host claimed.

Twitter users slammed Smith’s contentious interview and called her out for having a “nasty attitude.”

 

 

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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