Samantha Bee Explains How Steve Bannon "Brought the Alt-Right Into Our World"
The 'Full Frontal' host called the White House strategist, who's the subject of a new book, a "reverse Buffy standing at the hell mouth going, ‘Come on in, demons.'"
After reassuring the Full Frontal audience that Trump is carefully monitoring North Korea from his "situation [golf] cart," Samantha Bee turned her attention on Wednesday's show to White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.
The host said she read Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump and the Storming of the Presidency by reporter Joshua Green.
“This is the true story of how Steve Bannon brought the alt-right into our world,” summarized Bee. “Like a reverse Buffy standing at the hell mouth going, ‘Come on in, demons.'"
Bannon once worked at a company that paid Chinese workers to win gold in video game World of Warcraft and sell it to players. When the online gaming community fought back against the cheating, Bannon realized the group of gamers who engaged in internet trolling had "monster power."
Gamer message boards revealed enough "penis goblins to catch Steve's gimlet eye," Bee said, adding that when Bannon took over Breitbart he "set about turbo-charging the website’s white populist agenda and ‘f— everyone’ attitude.”
“Meanwhile, his beloved penis goblins had discovered a cool, new multiplayer game ― coordinated rape threats,” Bee said, putting up graphics referring to #Gamergate. “So many rape threats. Honestly, I don’t even know when they found time to play video games anymore.”
Devil's Bargain reported that Milo Yiannopoulos helped Bannon draw in the Gamergate community and turn them on to politics and Trump. Bee made a Game of Thrones reference in her recap, calling Bannon the "mother of Pepes" saying he helped free the "very unsullied" and gave them something to fight against. "Specifically, a woman," she added highlighting a photo of Hillary Clinton.
Now, Bee is concerned that "alt-right" trolls are shaping U.S. policy, and she points to an anti-Hillary Clinton amendment being considered in the House that was crowdsourced from a Trump sub-Reddit.
Bee's other two segments on Wednesday were focused on criticizing Trump's judiciary nominees and championing Kurdish military women.