Last week, “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon invited GOP candidate Donald Trump onto his show, provoking widespread criticism online that Fallon normalized or softened Trump’s bigotry by treating him like any other guest. Now, other late-night hosts are taking on Fallon as well as NBC’s historically close relationship with Trump over the years. “Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee spent the first part of her show last night discussing Trump’s rise in the polls, America’s indifference to his racist and sexist sentiments, and then finally took on NBC. Watch the clip below.
“Why do so many Americans think playing footsie with fringe hate groups isn’t a disqualifer from polite society, much less the presidency? Maybe because that’s the message they get from entertainment giants like NBC, which gladly nurtured Trump’s celebrity,” says Bee. By ignoring his bigoted statements over the years, “NBC tacitly condoned a race-baiting demagogue.”
“To their credit, NBC did sever ties with Trump after he called Mexicans rapists,” Bee continued, “if by ‘severing ties’ you mean ‘inviting him on their flagship comedy programs to show millions of Americans what a fun guy he is.'”
After showing clips of Trump hosting “SNL” this past year and then his recent “Tonight Show” appearance, Bee lit into NBC’s utter disinterest in Trump’s actual politics: “Aww, Trump can be a total sweetheart with someone who has no reason to be terrified of him. I notice there were no cutaway shots to The Roots. I wonder why. Network execs and a lot of their audience can ignore how very dangerous Trump is because to them, he isn’t. They’re not gonna be deported. They’re not gonna live under a president who thinks of them as a collection of sex toys. They’re not racist, they just don’t mind if other people are, which is just as bad.”
To sum up: “Here’s a thought: When Holocaust survivors are telling you, ‘Hey, this guy gives me deja vu,’ maybe don’t invite him up into your house to play with your adorable children.”
“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” airs Monday nights at 10:30pm ET only on TBS.