Samantha Bee dedicated the opening of her Full Frontal show Monday night breaking down just how the UK decided to Brexit the European Union last week. But it was the second segment that should strike fear in the hearts of most reasonable Americans.
“While the Brits were waking up in the ruins of their nation saying, ‘Oh God, what have we done?’ a lot of Americans were looking over and saying, ‘Oh God, what are we about to do?’” Bee said, bringing up the unnerving parallels between the UK referendum and Donald Trump’s primary message to the American people.
“The Brexit vote was driven by angry, less educated, older white voters who feel screwed by globalization and the establishment and have been fed a chip butty of xenophobia slathered in slogan sauce,” Bee continued, cutting to footage of British citizens who appeared to be quoting Trump verbatim. “Even a brain-damaged baboon couldn’t miss the parallels between the U.S. and Britain,” she added, showing the most cogent part of Trump’s otherwise self-promotional response to the crisis.
“Then there’s the sad conservative leader who gambled the nation’s future on his ability to control extremists in his own party and lost,” Bee said, as the screen behind her flashed between photos of David Cameron and Paul Ryan. Even more disturbing are the similarities between the GOP nominee and Brexit’s most fervent supporter and likely Cameron successor Boris Johnson. “Basically, he’s Trump with his hair on backwards,” the host joked.
Referring to the rampant racism that seemed to go unchecked in the days following the UK vote, Bee said, “That is really the worst outcome of Brexit, not the breakup of the E.U, or the fact that you can now use the British pound as loo paper. It’s that the vote made these hateful morons think that over half the country agreed with them.”
“This is why it’s not enough for Trump to lose,” she continued. “It has to be a fucking landslide.”
She added later, “Trump’s brand of right-wing, racist, anti-immigrant demagoguery isn’t American. It’s a European import. And if we’re smart, we’ll stop it at the border and send it back where it came from.”