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Shepard Smith On Kim Davis: 'Haters Are Gonna Hate'

The Fox News host suggested the Kentucky clerk isn't interested in compromise.

Here’s another reason to like Fox News host Shepard Smith: on Tuesday, he dismissed Kentucky clerk Kim Davis’ refusal to grant gay marriage licenses as a disingenuous publicity stunt.

“Haters are gonna hate. We thought what this woman wanted was an accommodation, which they’ve now granted her, something that worked for everybody,” Smith said. “But it’s not what [Kim Davis and her attorney] want.”

While Davis first argued that she simply didn't want to grant the licenses herself, she later said that she wasn’t comfortable letting her surrogates do so in her stead.

Smith suggested that Davis has refused compromises in order to fuel the media spectacle.

“This is what they want, what you’re hearing now, and this what they’re going to get: stirred up argument and a couple of days in the news cycle,” he said.

Smith pointed out the hypocrisy of religious zealots fear-mongering about Sharia law but having no problem with supporting theocracy when it suits them.

“This is the same crowd that says, ‘We don’t want Sharia law, don’t let them tell us what to do, keep their religion out of our lives and out of our government,’” Smith said. 

Gabriel Arana is senior media editor at The Huffington Post.
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