Shep Smith became one of the first personalities on the Fox News network on Tuesday to recognize there was a “consensus” that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton had won the first debate against GOP hopeful Donald Trump.
Although a Wall Street Journal analysis found that few voters were likely to make up their minds based on the first debate, Smith pointed out that respondents had picked “a winner and a loser.”
“Almost across the board, across most demographics, in most quadrants, the consensus was that Hillary Clinton — quote — won the debate, which in and of itself doesn’t do anything,” he explained. “You have to move voters.”
Wall Street Journal U.S. Editor Glenn Smith noted that Clinton had scored points with suburban women after she called out Trump’s attacks on women’s weight and appearance.
“This women thing is going to be new to some people,” the Fox News host warned. “And you have to wonder if a suburban educated white woman — which is the group we’ve been talking about, analyst say are most critical — if a suburban white woman isn’t going to see this talk about Miss Universe and having gained weight and calling her Miss Piggy and then calling her Miss Housekeeper if that’s going to fly.”
According to Fox’s Smith, Trump “knew what he was supposed to do but he’s like that kid you tell, ‘Don’t touch that hot stove because it will burn you.’ And he’s got to go touch that hot stove.”
The Wall Street Journal editor added that some of the respondents “felt like there was a genuineness to how he was coming across rather than the scriptedness they saw from Hillary Clinton.”
“I just can’t see genuinely Miss Piggy and genuinely Miss Housekeeper, I just can’t see that flying,” Fox’s Smith quipped. “If that’s your genuine, you need to come up with something else.”
Watch the video below from Fox News, broadcast Sept. 27, 2016.