Samantha Bee Demolishes GOP Response to Orlando Shooting
Samantha Bee, the best thing in late-night television today, did what she does best last night, aiming her laser wit and ire at the mass shooting in Orlando.
“Well, here we are,” Bee said at the top of the show. “Now, after a massacre, the standard operating procedure is that you stand onstage and deliver some well-meaning words about how we will get through this together. How love wins. How love conquers hate. And that is great, that is beautiful. But you know what? Fuck it! I am too angry for that. Love does not win, unless we start loving each other enough to fix our fucking problems.”
Bee then reviewed the case of shooter Omar Mateen, and a system that made getting a gun all too easy despite myriad warning signs, including abusing his ex-wife, being reported by his employer as “homophobic” and “unhinged,” and having been questioned by the FBI twice.
“But none of these things disqualified him from legally buying a gun that shoots 45 rounds a minute. Even his terrible mirror selfies,” said Bee, photos from Mateen’s social media pages appearing behind her. “I think we can all agree that if you don’t have one friend to hold the phone for you, your lone-wolf ass doesn’t get a gun.”
She went after the various politicians who repeatedly stand in the way of gun control, including Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott, who evaded answering direct questions about policy changes that might keep this from happening in the future.
“If only shooting victims could dodge bullets as deftly as you dodged that question,” said Bee. “Seriously, that guy bolted so fast, I’m surprised every wall in the Florida statehouse doesn’t have a Rick Scott-shaped hole in it.”
Check out the segment in full below.