Samantha Bee Criticizes Jimmy Fallon, NBC for Ignoring "How Very Dangerous" Donald Trump Is
On Monday's show, the 'Full Frontal' host said network executives are "not racist — they just don't mind if other people are, which is just as bad."
Days after Jimmy Fallon playfully joked around with Donald Trump in an interview that was widely criticized, including by social media users, Full Frontal's Samantha Bee devoted a segment to criticizing Fallon's approach as well as NBC in general for its treatment of the Republican presidential candidate.
Bee said that NBC "tacitly condoned a race-baiting demagogue" by nurturing him on Celebrity Apprentice despite his birtherism claims. She then added that although the network supposedly severed ties with the Republican presidential candidate over his comments on Mexicans, "ratings matter more than brown people" so they brought him on Saturday Night Live as a host.
"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," she said, cutting to clips from Trump's interview with Fallon.
"Aw, Trump can be a total sweetheart with someone who has no reason to be terrified of him," said Bee, pointing out that there were no cutaway shots to The Roots during Trump's interview.
She concluded, "Network execs and a lot of their audience can ignore how very dangerous Trump is because to them he isn't — they're not going to be deported, they're not going to 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."