From the new Republican health-care proposal to President Trump’s speech to Congress, “Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee had a lot to cover on Wednesday during her first episode in weeks.
As for Trump’s claim with no evidence that President Barack Obama wiretapped phones at Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign, the TBS late-night host compared it to “white guy shoots himself … tries to pin it on a black guy. When has that ever happened?”
The news cycle has offered plenty of fodder for late-night comedians to work on their political barbs, but it’s still unclear which of them, if any, will headline the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. We do know that Bee will be in Washington that weekend for her alternative event, which she has described as intended for “journalists and non-irritating celebrities from around the world.”
On Wednesday, she pointed to claims that Obama is behind a “silent coup” previously put forth by conservative radio host Mark Levin, and picked up by Breitbart News in an article that made the rounds at the White House last week.
(The video below contains explicit language.)
“Just one of those classic coups where the president uses the might of the government to spy on an opponent, then doesn’t release any of the information he found, lets the other guy win and then isn’t president anymore,” Bee exclaimed. “Classic coup. Exactly what the word means!”
She added: “If there’s no one brave enough on his staff to tell their boss there’s only one ‘p’ in ‘tap,’ there certainly isn’t anyone brave enough to tell him Obama isn’t running a coup.”
Bee then flashed pictures of a smiling, post-White House Obama.
“I mean, I get why you’d think Obama would tap your phone. Just look how angry he is and obsessed with you. He can barely stay up on that surfboard from all the rage and hatred for your administration,” Bee said. “While Trump is flipping out on a daily basis, every picture of Obama looks like he’s about to sip a piña colada, laugh and paraglide off to a photo shoot for Essence magazine.”
Bee also suggested that Trump made the wiretapping claims after coverage of his speech to Congress was eclipsed by stories about Attorney General Jeff Sessions, “forcing professional journalists to spend the next 72 hours talking to Mike Huckabee’s daughter about whether the most scandal-free president in living memory is a bigger criminal than Nixon. It’s bananas!”
The TBS host contrasted the wiretapping claims with pundits praising Trump’s speech, who lauded the performance as his most presidential moment yet. She then cut to a black woman at a post-speech town hall gathering, who said of the speech, “that’s not the Donald Trump that I’ve seen for the past 30 days. … I’m going to look for him on Twitter tomorrow, and see what he really thinks. Great job to the speechwriter, but I will see Donald Trump at 12 a.m.”
Bee responded, “Shh! Don’t tell the truth, it sounds biased,” and implored cable news to hire more black women.