Samantha Bee shames Republicans, NRA for blocking gun control
Samantha Bee returned to the subject of gun control on Monday’s episode of Full Frontal, honoring the Democratic Senators’ gun control filibuster (or “Fear the Talking Dems”), and ridiculing Ted Cruz’s criticism of said filibuster. Pulling a random piece of paper from her bowl of “Cruz Insults,” Bee named him “rodent-faced soup sponge” and mocked the Texas senator for his own filibuster years earlier.
“You of all people don’t get to call anyone out for ‘political gamesmanship,’ considering that before getting your ass handed to you by a screaming carrot demon, you were best known for trying to shut down the government with 21 hours of bedtime stories,” Bee said.
The filibustering Democrats wanted their GOP counterparts to agree to vote on two laws: closing a loophole that allows people (such as the Orlando shooter Omar Mateen) to buy guns even if they’re on a terrorist watch list, and instituting universal background checks. Both actions are supported by the majority of Americans, but Bee argued that the modern GOP is so deep in the National Rifle Association’s pocket (the organization donated nearly $1 million to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign) that they refuse to hear it.
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As Bee pointed out, it hasn’t always been this way. Former President Ronald Reagan, who survived an assassination attempt in 1981, went on to support an assault weapons ban and wasn’t afraid of publicly opposing the NRA. “There’s nothing like getting shot to put you on the side of gun control,” Bee said. “So at this rate, most Americans will come around in a year or two.”
Former President George H. W. Bush, whom Bee described as “a man who’s developed a very high tolerance for disappointment,” also publicly quit the NRA over a disagreement about their rhetoric. Further bolstering her argument, Bee played a clip from 1991 in which conservative Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger called the NRA’s use of the Second Amendment “one of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word fraud, on the American public by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime.”
“I never thought I’d say these words, but dear God, can you please raise the zombified corpse of Warren Burger and put him back on the Supreme Court?” Bee said. “Oh wait, I’m sorry, no, nevermind, he’d never be confirmed by the p—— in this Senate.”
Watch the clip below.