ESPN’s Smith joins the debate on Trump
We’re used to seeing Stephen A. Smith getting into heated conversations on TV. It’s just that, usually, those debates are about sports and take place on ESPN. Thursday, however, brought a change of pace and place: Fox News viewers found Smith debating political issues — with, among others, Ted Nugent.
The Nuge, of course, has long carved out a persona as a conservative figure. Smith’s own political leanings are less clear, but he was happy to take issue with the notion, expressed by Nugent and “The Fox News Specialists” host Eric Bolling, that President Trump’s Twitter habits were doing him any good.
“If you are the president of the United States of America, you are 70 years of age, and you are tweeting — literally competing with 15and 17-year-olds, that is a problem,” Smith said. He was reacting to Bolling’s assertion — that Trump’s woes were the result of Republicans caving into pressure by Democrats — by pointing out that the president had brought much of his difficulties on himself with some ill-considered posts.
Nugent, whose album “Cat Scratch Fever” was released 40 years ago this month, soon jumped in. He said of Trump, “He’s not competing with 15-year-olds. He’s circumventing the fake news networks that will not give any honest representation, so he’s using social media.”
Smith wondered what the musician’s point had to with Trump’s penchant for using Twitter to insult those he perceives as enemies. “You’re a grown man. You’re president of the United States,” Smith said.
Some might have been surprised to see a sports pundit such as Smith on “Specialists,” but those who have noticed some unusual bookings by the show, which debuted this month, were less taken aback. Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath and pro wrestler and bodybuilder Tyrus — who wrestled in the WWE as Brodus Clay — have been guests.