Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is under fire for criticizing President's Trump's treatment of CNN reporter Jim Acosta during a freewheeling news conference Thursday and for Trump's refusal to answer questions about his campaign's ties to Russia.
"It's crazy what we're watching every day," Smith said after Trump's news conference. "It's absolutely crazy. He keeps repeating ridiculous, throwaway lines that are not true at all and sort of avoiding this issue of Russia as if we're some kind of fools for asking the question. Really? Your opposition was hacked and the Russians were responsible for it and your people were on the phone with Russia on the same day it was happening and we're fools for asking the questions? No sir."
"We have a right to know," Smith added. "You call us fake news and put us down like children for asking questions on behalf of the American people."
Like Megyn Kelly, Smith got a taste of the social media fury of Trump supporters who believe a Fox News host has scorned the president:
BOYCOTT Shepard Smith on FOX News. FOX News, please dump Shepard Smith. He's ruining your newscast. Signed, "We The People". PLEASE RETWEET!— William Chiappi Jr (@ChiappiJr) February 16, 2017
RETWEET if you want to see Fox News get rid of hate-filled Shepard Smith. pic.twitter.com/dR4eAZaA4B— Jack Murphy (@RealJack) February 17, 2017
Shepard Smith might as well be on the payroll of the Democrat Party. I turn him off whenever I see him. Fox needs to drain their own swamp.— cathy moore (@beemie) February 17, 2017
"Shepard Smith" pic.twitter.com/j83X93l6B1— Keep it Honest 2 (@nashtnmom1) February 17, 2017
Well, I don't want to say this but, Today will be the last time I watch @ShepNewsTeam Shepard Smith! He should go to CNBC or CNN! Not FOX!— Broke & Hungry (@BrokeHungry) February 16, 2017
I think it's time for Shepard Smith to go ahead and move to cnn or msnbc where he belongs. Typical liberal who clearly hates our President.— Chris Goodwin (@64skyking) February 16, 2017
You're part of the fake news Shepard Smith @ShepNewsTeam. You've been a non-stop critic of Trump, spouting false innuendo & a biased slant.— American Deplorable (@BrianEvansSays) February 16, 2017
@FoxNews When are you going to do something about Shepard Smith???????? You're gonna lose a lot of us over his hatred of President Trump!!!— Donna Le Blanc (@Leblanc7) February 16, 2017