Fox’s Shep Smith: We couldn’t find a Republican willing to come on and defend Trump

Fox’s Shep Smith: We couldn’t find a Republican willing to come on and defend Trump, by Julia Manchester.

Fox News host Shepard Smith said Wednesday that the network tried and failed to get a Republican on-air to defend President Trump’s controversial comments on violence in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend

“Our booking team — and they’re good — reached out to Republicans of all stripes across the country today,” Smith said on his show “Shepard Smith Reporting.” …

“We worked very hard at it throughout the day, and we were unsuccessful. And of those who are condemning the president’s condemnable actions, I’ve not heard any prominent leaders, former presidents, members of the House or the Senate use his name while speaking in generalities,” he said. …

Various Republicans have spoken out against white supremacy and bigotry following Trump’s press briefing.

“We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) tweeted after Trump’s remarks.

Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush issued a joint statement on Wednesday saying the U.S. must reject hatred in all forms.

The media have been too successful in painting the Charlottesville violence as all about neo-Nazis. Looks like the spinners are winning this round, though that appeared to be the case at first with “hands-up-don’t shoot” and all those other “teachable moment” incidents too. No one besides Trump seems to have the courage to publicly point out that the leftist thugs caused the violence, let alone the left’s hypocrisy in celebrating black nationalism and violence while condemning white nationalism.