Fox News host Shepard Smith returned from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s campaigns suspension speech by implying that his network lost the vast majority of their viewers by covering the lengthy speech. “I don’t know anyone on his side of the aisle who can stand him anymore,” said Smith of Gingrich.
After Gingrich finished his 23-minute campaign suspension speech, Smith returned appearing exasperated.
“Wow. Well, I’m exhausted,” Smith began. “Just a guess here – I’m not one who normally guesses at things, after all we have to live by a set of facts – but I’m guessing both of you are exhausted as well. The two of you who stayed with us.”
“I feel like I’ve just been transported to some other world,” Smith told his guest, Republican strategist Ed Rollins. “What just happened?”
“I think we got a preview of what the six and one half hour debates would have been like if he would have been the nominee,” said Rollins. “You also see why he’s not the nominee.”
Rollins said that this is the end of Gingrich’s political career and his presidential campaign damaged his political career.
“He could never decide whether he wanted to be the campaign manager or the candidate and, at the end of the day, he was neither,” said Rollins. He went on to excoriate the Gingrich campaign for having not taken advantage of the competent staffers on the payroll and, instead, Gingrich himself taking the day-to-day operations of the campaign too lightly.
“I don’t know anyone on his side of the aisle who can stand him anymore,” Smith asked Fox News political reporter Carl Cameron. “I don’t understand what he just did, why he just did it, what he was hoping – I just don’t understand it.”
Cameron eulogized the Gingrich campaign without offering Smith an answer to his rhetorical question. Rollins said that Gingrich “epitomized a sore loser” and said that the Speaker’s words will be immortalized in anti-Romney campaign ads over the course of the political season.
Smith ended the segment by recalling, after speaking with Gingrich following a Fox News GOP presidential debate, at the time he thought the former Speaker was “delusional.” Smith concluded “now I’m sure.”
Watch the segment below via Fox News Channel:
Smith read a statement from former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign that read:
Ann and I are proud to call Newt and Callista friends. We look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.
After reading that statement, Smith appeared perplexed.
“Politics is weird. And creepy,” said Smith. “And now I know lacks even the loosest attachment to anything like reality.”
Watch Smith’s followup below via Fox News Channel:
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