Samantha Bee ripped President Donald Trump‘s executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries during Full Frontal. Bee called the regulation hypocritical, inhumane and downright useless.
President Trump signed the order on Friday with little warning, so some travelers attempting to enter the country were turned away, while others were held at airports. The President insisted that everything was running smoothly and denied that his order targeted religion. Meanwhile, protests erupted around the country deriding the action as un-American and unconstitutional. Even the White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, issued conflicting statements about the order’s impact for legal Green Card holders during an interview, suggesting that maybe the regulation had not been fully thought through.
Bee compared the executive order “clusterfuck” to previous rollout failures in politics and manufacturing. She gave zero credence to Trump’s assertions that his order was about national safety rather than anti-Muslim discrimination. “Give Trump’s ban some credit,” she said sarcastically, before calling it “the Ford Pinto of intolerance.” (The Ford Pinto was known for bursting into flames.)
The Full Frontal host took solace in the fact that many different groups were united against Trump’s ban. “Opponents include the Koch brothers, who would never want to prevent the next Ayn Rand from arriving on our shores,” she joked. “Major Christian groups spoke out – those guys practically worship middle eastern refugees – and veterans, who for some reason object to chucking out the translators who save their lives back in Iraq.”
Bee also took a moment to refute any links between Trump’s order and reducing the threat of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. She pointed out that the Cato Institute, a bastion of conservative thought, released a study concluding that no American citizens had been killed by terrorists from the seven newly banned countries between 1975 and 2015.
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