Shep Smith returns on CNBC, blasts Trump over his debate performance

Former longtime Fox News host Shepard Smith returned to television after roughly a year off the air.

On his first day back, he immediately was highly critical of President Trump’s debate performance.

“Last night, the president called into question the heart of our democracy, the peaceful transition of power.” Smith said “Is there assurance that it’ll happen? Asked to give it, the president declined, and openly sowed the seeds of distrust in the outcome.”

“In the debate, the president told a group of white supremacists, some of whom stood by those in Charlottesville with their torches to ‘stand back and stand by,’  Smith continued “Joe Biden declared the duly elected president of the United States unfit to lead, called him a ‘racist,’ a ‘liar,’ a ‘clown,’ and told him to shut up.”

“We’ve never seen any of this. Not in America. But from this, we march toward the vote,” he added.