Samantha Bee calls out Trump's Charlottesville response: 'It's pathetic'
The 'Full Frontal' host launches campaign to fund anti-hate group
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee may be on a break at the moment, but the TBS show’s host is still keeping tabs on Donald Trump — and she doesn’t like what she sees.
“We have heard his message,” Bee told EW Tuesday of Trump’s much-criticized response to the events in Charlottesville this past weekend. “We see who he is. He reveals himself in his actions — and particularly in his inaction. He doesn’t understand how to demonstrate leadership on any level. It’s pathetic. It’s so embarrassing.”
Full Frontal executive producer Jo Miller agreed: “I think everybody in the country got his message loud and clear. David Duke got his message. Richard Spencer got his message. We all got his message.”
“He doesn’t understand how to speak to the country during a national crisis, which any president should be able to do,” Miller added.
To help combat the white supremacist movement, Bee and the Full Frontal team have launched a campaign to raise money for an anti-hate organization called Life After Hate. Founded by former neo-Nazi Christian Piccolini, the group was slated during the Obama administration to receive $400,000 in grant money — but that funding was canceled shortly after Donald Trump took office.
“The group came to our attention during a field piece because we learned about the imminent loss of that grant,” Bee said. “We heard it was the only organization outside of the FBI that was doing this type of work — trying to extract people out of the life of violent white supremacy.”
“The founder was a neo-Nazi in a skinhead group,” Miller explained. “He became disillusioned and left, and has spent the past 20 years trying to help other people get out of the movement, and also to intercept and divert susceptible people on the message boards who are there to get radicalized.”
“Everything came to a crisis point over the weekend, so we wanted to tease the piece because it means a lot to us,” Bee added. “The piece itself won’t air until September, but it felt like an important time to get the message out.”
Full Frontal‘s full segment on Life After Hate will air in mid-September, but to help jumpstart the fundraising, the show has released a teaser trailer, which you can watch above.