On the June 20 episode of Full Frontal, Samantha Bee said that Donald Trump's racism isn't new for the GOP. Trump might be an "orange supremacist," as Bee hilariously called him during the segment, but he's right on track with the Republican Party's long history of bigotry.
From calling for a ban on all Muslims coming into the U.S. to singling out African-Americans at his rallies, it's pretty clear by now that Trump is far from politically correct and far too racist. He has said countless terrible things about women, but his explicit xenophobia and racism have set a nasty tone for this year's presidential election. Recently, Trump made headlines when he questioned a judge's Mexican heritage and deemed him unfit to handle a Trump University case based on it.
After the horrific June 12 shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Trump continued to spread his hateful message. Trump's response to the Orlando shooting was exactly the wrong way to handle such a tragic event. Instead of calling for national unity, Trump said "we must be smart" and we need to have "toughness and vigilance." These comments can seem outrageous, but as Bee pointed out, this unfortunately isn't a new strategy for the GOP.
“Trump isn’t desecrating the Republican Party,” Bee said. “He’s just peeling back the glossy exterior to reveal the hideous symbiont that’s been lurking there for decades.”
Charles Lindbergh, who belonged to the "America First" movement and was an avid member of the GOP, was a Nazi sympathizer. "America really needs to pick better heroes," said Bee, "But could this slogan just be a coincidence, since Donald Trump only knows 17 words and two of them are 'America' and 'first'?"
Bee also highlighted David Duke, a white nationalist, conspiracy theorist, Holocaust denier, and former KKK member. Duke has said that voting against Trump is "treason to your heritage." Somewhat more surprising, Duke told Politico in December that Trump's campaign has cleared the way for people to be open about their racial biases:
He’s made it OK to talk about these incredible concerns of European Americans today, because I think European Americans know they are the only group that can’t defend their own essential interests and their point of view. He’s meant a lot for the human rights of European Americans.
Later in the episode, Bee focused on the countless Republican politicians who have refused to comment on Trump's outrageous statements. "The problem isn't one Donald," Bee said, adding, "It's 13 million Donald voters." Although Bee argued that the Republican party has leveraged a collaboration between “fiscal conservatives” and “resentful whites” to win votes, she later clarified that not "all racists are Republican" and that not "all Republicans are racist."
So even though Mitch McConell refuses to say Trump is racist, Bee is here to say what we're all thinking — and, apparently, what the GOP has been thinking all along.
Images: Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (1)