Samantha Bee: Why Republicans Can’t Denounce Trump’s Rampant Racism
On Monday’s ‘Full Frontal,’ Samantha Bee traced the history of American racism to prove that Trump is not an anomaly.
Remember when the Republican National Committee followed its party’s second consecutive loss to America’s first black president by promising a more welcoming GOP? Samantha Bee does.
“Unfortunately, no one’s making that harder than the orange supremacist at the top of the ticket,” Bee said on Monday’s Full Frontal. “After a solid year of questioning the morality of Latinos, Trump decided to use their murders to question the morality of Muslims.”
Returning to the theme that so thoroughly galvanized her show last week, Bee examined Donald Trump’s response to the mass shooting in Orlando, including a renewed call to “respectfully” check mosques and prevent Muslims from entering the country. Pointing to Trump’s “AMERICA FIRST!” tweet from last Tuesday, Bee noted that “while others were tweeting condolences” after the shooting, the Republican nominee was “trying to build a wall out of capital letters.”
Indeed, Trump has declared “America First” as the “major and overriding theme of his administration,” a declaration Bee deemed even worse than if he had simply gone with “tits.”
Bee went on to demonstrate just how similar Trump’s “overriding theme” is to Nazi-appropriator Charles Lindbergh and former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke, whose support Trump barely managed to denounce last fall. All of which is making Republicans in Congress stay as far away from Trump as they can reasonably get while still professing their unwavering support.
But Bee had a message for the GOP: “Your real problem isn’t one Donald, it’s 13 million Donald voters.” If they reject him wholeheartedly, who will be left?
After giving viewers a brief history of American racism and its shift from Democrats to Republicans, Bee made it clear that she was “not saying all racists are Republican or that all Republicans are racists.” (She even flashed that message on the screen.) “I am saying that for half a century, the GOP, in order to win elections, has relied on an uneasy coalition of two opposing interests”: “fiscal conservatives and resentful whites.” But now, she added, the “racist” side appears to have taken over.
“Trump isn’t desecrating the Republican Party,” Bee added. “He’s just peeling back the glossy exterior to reveal the hideous symbiont that’s been lurking there for decades. So, GOP, the time has come to decide, do you still want that beast living in your house or not?”