Shepard Smith UNLOADS On ‘Cowardly’ Congress [VIDEO]

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While interviewing State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, Fox News host Shepard Smith went off on Congress, calling them “cowardly.”

Smith told his guest that members of Congress only want to “keep the job” they have, rather than make tough decisions and cast a vote for or against a war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). “They don’t want to say yea or nay to war, and I say that’s cowardly,” said Smith:

Smith: “How cowardly do you think the Congress is?”

Psaki: “How cowardly? I certainly wouldn’t use that terminology.”

Smith: “I would. Because the Congress, I mean, it seems like if you were going to go get elected to represent the people, one of the things you would see as most important for you to have a say on is whether we are at war or we’re at peace. But what this Congress has decided, clearly, is that what’s more important is keeping the job, not doing the job. They want to keep the job and not do it because they really could vote. They’re going to have to vote, unless we keep skirting the constitution, because the president gets 90 days to send them, then he can tell the Congress ‘I’m going to keep them there for 90 more days,’ and after that, they have to vote. That’s 180 days. Your office is suggesting, everyone’s suggesting, this is going to take years so this Congress of ours is going to have to act. But right now they don’t want to put their name on this thing. They don’t want to say Yea or Nay to war, and I say that’s cowardly. What do you call it?”

Psaki: “Well, look, what I would say is dysfunction in Washington and with the United States Congress is not new. We’d certainly welcome their support and welcome action by Congress, but we’re also not going to wait when we’re talking about the interest of the United States. So we’ll see what they do…but we feel like we have the authority to act and that’s why we acted.”

Smith: “It’s interesting. Some on the ‘war right’ and the ‘peace left’ don’t want to vote. They all have their different reasons, but they don’t want to vote. Some of them want to vote. Tim Kaine, for instance, wants to vote. Tim Kaine has said we believe this is our responsibility. When we signed on the dotted line to represent the people, we have to vote on this sort of thing and a lot of people agree with him.”