Samantha Bee gave a grim recap of last week’s Republican National Convention. The comedian kicked off the segment with a blood-spattered montage of former presidents so appalled by the state of modern politics that they all commit suicide.
Bee used the same dark humor throughout the skit, suggesting Republicans at the event were split into two camps: “some enthusiastic as a dog going for a car ride, others enthusiastic as a dog going for its final car ride.” Later, a GOP elephant exploded on screen behind the Full Frontal host, torn between Trump and his former primary opponent, Ted Cruz. “My graphics department shouldn’t be dismembering elephants,” Bee deadpanned. “That’s Donald Trump Jr.’s job.” (Trump’s sons have taken flak for big-game hunting in Africa.)
Bee presented a visual mash-up of various Republican speakers building on Trump’s doom-and-gloom message of a country dominated by “death, destruction, terrorism and weakness.” She also criticized the candidate for channelling the spirit of Richard Nixon’s 1968 presidential campaign. “Now I’m pissed at people for picking on Melania,” Bee joked, referring to a speech given by Melania Trump that allegedly plagiarized First Lady Michelle Obama. “At least [Melania] plagiarized someone good.”
Bee found one redeeming quality in the parade of speeches at the RNC, pointing to a snippet of former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani declaring ominously: “there’s no next election.”
“That means nobody’s going to wake Giuliani from his crypt in four years to spit incoherently about 9/11 on TV,” Bee said. “I guess every mushroom cloud does have a silver lining.”
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