As democracy does what it is meant to do, which is to take into account every vote that is cast in an election in accordance with the law and policies that have been put in place, Donald Trump has continued to b unhinged. We say continue to be because though media coverage has changed with publications like the New York Times finally calling him a liar, this is much of the same rhetoric and behavior we've seen over the last four years. Still, watching the last few days spin-out has been an experience. And Shepard Smith, who returned to television this fall with a CNBC news show after leaving Fox News last year, has had enough.
On Thursday evening, Donald Trump went into the White House press room to reassert lies that not only had he won the election but that it was being stolen from him by various entities. As Trump began to soldier through his lies, Smith, who was streaming the presser live on his show The News with Shepard Smith, cut in.
"Well, we're interrupting this because what the president of the United States is saying, in large part, is untrue," he said in a side-by-side comment. "And we're not going to allow it to keep going because it's not true."
Smith then began to go through Trump's points one by one, debunking them for the lies they are.
"He began with 'there were legal votes and if they only count the legal votes I easily win. If they count the illegal votes they're trying to steal the election,'" the host recounted. "There's not a scintilla of evidence that this is true. None. There's only words here, no truth."
He went on calling accusations that false polling created voter suppression untrue, a supposed "red wave" categorically false, and the idea of voter interference unsupported.
"he said that he won a court challenge on allowing observers into view," Smith continued. "In fact, he did win a court challenge in Allegheny County in Pennsylvania. That court challenge was specifically about the distance from which poll watchers would be able to stand. If memory serves, it was 12 feet from the counters. One representative from the Democratic Party, one representative from the Republican party. In Allegheny County he specifically asked, or his campaign did, that poll viewers be able to stand within six feet. They agreed to do so." The case was not about whether or not poll watchers could watch as Trump said, but instead about the distance as Smith clarified.
"If you could take him out of my ear please," Smith said before continuing to systematically dismantle the press conference statements. His comment was to his team who was likely still playing the ongoing live feed from Trump's presser into his earpiece.
"There is no indication of any corruption to steal the election and no evidence thereof has been offered," the anchor said later. The results of the election are continuing to come in. Joe Biden has pulled ahead of Trump in the key states of Pennsylvania and Georgia.