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Samantha Bee rips Trump’s travel ban

Bee called it the 'Not-A-Muslim-Ban Muslim Ban.'


Ramon Ramirez


Posted on Feb 2, 2017   Updated on May 25, 2021, 2:09 am CDT

President Donald Trump moved to fill the empty spot on the Supreme Court Tuesday, but Full Frontal‘s Samantha Bee wrote it off as “misdirection”—a ploy to divert America’s attention to the other things Trump is up to. 

On Friday, notably, the president moved to curb immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations with a travel ban—and the move has been met with widespread controversy.

Bee on Wednesday night’s show attacked the “Not-A-Muslim-Ban Muslim Ban” for being Islamophobic and hypocritical: “When a Rite-Aid cashier says ‘Happy Holidays’ to you instead of ‘Merry Christmas,’ that is religious oppression. But when you’re a legally approved green card holder who’s refused entry into the United States, forced to surrender her green card, sent to Ethiopia even though you’re from Yemen, and left in Tom Hanks-limbo at the Addis Ababa airport, that’s an ‘inconvenience.’” 

And ineffective, to boot, Bee argues:

“Look, we learned years ago that using national origin as a basis for exclusion didn’t work and it pissed off our allies,” she continued. “Hey! You know what does work to prevent terrorist attacks? When presidents pay attention in their security briefings!”

But mostly, Bee alleged that Trump’s executive order was a hastily planned mess:

“Confusing? Give Trump’s ban some credit. … It was the of Islamophobia, the Ford Pinto of intolerance, a big fat cocktail of New Coke and Zima poured onto a Microsoft Zune playing an endless loop of the Star Wars prequel Jar-Jar Binks scene.”  

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*First Published: Feb 2, 2017, 8:26 am CST