Even Fox News is done backing up President Donald Trump’s stupid lies.
Trump is still trying to defend is widely discredited allegations that former President Barack Obama targeted the Trump team with wiretaps. During a meeting with journalists late last week Trump said that Fox News had inside information to support the wiretap conspiracy theory.
It turns out, not even Fox News is coming to Trump’s defense now.
Fox News anchor Shep Smith made clear during an on-air segment over the weekend that the TV news station has no evidence to back up Trump’s wiretapping allegations.
Fox News anchor Shep Smith said Friday that the network does not have any evidence that President Donald Trump was ever placed under surveillance, despite his repeated insistence that former President Barack Obama’s intelligence agencies wiretapped his phones.
During a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, Trump cited Fox News commentator Andrew Napolitano as the source of his information that Obama wiretapped him.
“That was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on Fox. And so you shouldn’t be talking to me. You should be talking to Fox,” Trump said.
Shortly after, Fox News’ Smith said on-air that the network had no evidence that Trump had been wiretapped.
This is a major turning point in the ongoing fiasco surrounding Trump’s wiretap allegations – Fox News is a major influencer within conservative circles. If they are jumping ship on Trump, that means he has lost all credibility.
The wiretap report Trump was referring to came from another Fox News host, Judge Andrew Napolitano, but Smith characterized that story as “commentary,” rather than factual reporting. In reality, the network has no inside information about the wiretap allegations.
“Fox News cannot confirm Judge Napolitano’s commentary,” Smith said during his broadcast on Fox News. “Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind, that the now president of the United States was surveilled at any time, in any way, full stop.”
Not only did Smith say that Fox News doesn’t have evidence of wiretapping, he even suggested that Trump is being dishonest by pointing out that Trump has the authority to find and release the evidence if any wiretapping did in fact take place.
“Of course, the president could learn first-hand whether the building in which he lives was wiretapped,” Smith said. “All he’d have to do is ask the intelligence services; they work for him.”