While most of the on-air talent over at Fox News couldn’t seemingly care less about the truth, I’ve always found Shep Smith to be fair and honest in his reporting. He’s also someone who hasn’t been afraid to call out Trump despite the fact that his network has mostly morphed into nothing more than this “president’s” own version of state-run media.
For example, on Friday after news broke that Robert Mueller had issued indictments for several Russians and Russia-backed organization, Smith ripped into Trump and other conspiracy theorists who’ve spent months calling the Russia investigation a “hoax” and a “witch hunt,” frequently casting doubt on whether or not Russians were really behind the attack.
“If there was any question, even a single question, there is no more,” Smith stated
“Russia attacked the United States of America,” he added. “A coordinated government-sponsored campaign to undermine America’s democracy, eventually in support of Donald Trump and against Hillary Clinton.”
He went on to call the Russia investigation the “opposite of a hoax.”
I’ll give Smith all the credit in the world for saying such things on a network mostly followed by tinfoil hat-wearing conspiracy theorists who often seem to believe that reality is whatever they want it to be and anything proving otherwise is a “conspiracy against them.”
It seemed clear by Smith’s tone that he was referring to specific individuals. In particular, Donald Trump and fellow Trump-cheering Fox News hosts such as Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and the clown show known as Fox & Friends.
While nothing we learned Friday directly links Trump’s campaign with the Russian cyber attack, it is significant in that it shows Mueller is building one hell of a case filled with what I can only assume is a mountain of evidence against many people.
I’m interested to find out how Trump and his supporters handle this information, not just today, but going forward. At this point, continuing to call the Russian investigation a “hoax” is becoming even too ridiculous for them to justify doing — which is saying something considering the people we’re talking about here. At the same time, to admit that Russia meddled in our election, in particular to help Trump defeat Clinton, would require this “president” and his supporters to admit that, whether he colluded or not, he got help from Russia.
My guess is they’ll deny the cyber attack helped him in any way, downplay the on-going investigation, continue to shout “There was no collusion!,” and continue attacking anyone who points out, factually, that as we learn more about the Russian involvement in the 2016 election, it’s looking worse and worse for Donald Trump.
Watch Smith’s comments below via Fox News: