Samantha Bee Mocks Paul Ryan's Courage, Compares Him to Taylor Swift
"Watching Ryan play moral watchdog was like watching Taylor Swift pretend to be surprised at an awards show: bland and fake but weirdly compelling."
On this week's Full Frontal, Samantha Bee took on Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, whom she referred to as President Donald Trump's "faithful husky."
Bee called out Ryan for spending much of the election decrying Trump's remarks and policy proposals without rejecting Trump himself. "Watching Ryan play moral watchdog was like watching Taylor Swift pretend to be surprised at an awards show: bland and fake but weirdly compelling," said Bee.
She said that now that Trump's president Ryan should take another cue from Swift and "know when to dump the guy you've only been pretending to like to help your career," putting up a picture of Swift and Tom Hiddleston.
The Full Frontal host played clips of people referring to Ryan as "the conscience of the Republican party" before doing a "Portrait of Courage" roundup of clips of Ryan evading answering questions about Trump or his advisor Steve Bannon. She also pointed out that Ryan was voted "biggest brown-noser" in his high school.
"Considering who he's sucking up to these days, Ryan's nose is probably more orange," Bee joked. She said that "Captain Courageous" would be the one expected to draw up articles of impeachment against Trump, should it come to that, and that's why people should care about whether Ryan stands up to the president.
"Stand out of groping range everyone, it's going to be a long four years," Bee said.
During the rest of Wednesday's episode, Bee addressed the "great unchecked legislative f—fest of 2017," specifically asking her viewers to call their congressional representatives about H.J. Res 69. The bill would allow hunters to kill hibernating bears and wolf puppies on wildlife refuges, and allow for hunters to use planes to scout out animals before landing and shooting them.
There was also a segment in which correspondent Ashley Nicole Black interviewed civil rights activists on the decades of work they did to fight for equal rights. She asked them to give advice to millennials for resisting.
"Sometimes you gotta put your cell phone down and take to the streets," said one activist. "Whatever you can contribute, do that, and it will help," said another. And if someone is too introverted? "Suck it up, it's too important not to."