Samantha Bee Lays Into Trump's Big Lie and the GOP-ers Who've Aided and Abetted Him
This week, “Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee unloaded on Trump in transition—the first president-elect to brand lies like a signature property.
"In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally," the president-elect tweeted on November 27.
The following day, Politifact debunked the lie. But that didn't stop every major network from featuring pundits debating it long after it was rated completely false.
“For the record, massive voter fraud is a lie, but this lie didn’t spring Athena-like from Donald’s collapsing pumpkin of a head,” she said. “He’s a marketer. His big lies are like his buildings: He doesn’t build them, he just slaps his brand on them and tricks the press into promoting them for free.”
"I'm sure they'll stop taking the bait any day now," she added sarcastically.
Bee then explained that Trump's "3 million" claim came from a variety of untrusted sources including a widely rebutted study, an app creator named Gregg Phillips and the infamous "Sandy Hook truther" Alex Jones.
"Despite protests, [Jones] got approval to build a bullshit pipeline straight into the president-elect's brain," Bee noted.
But neither Jones nor Phillips invented the lie.
"To understand where it came from, we have to go back decades, to the eve of Reagan's election, when Heritage Foundation founder and plus-size forehead model Paul Weyrich gave his 'I have a dream' speech," Bee mocked, revealing footage of Weyrich rattling off his election theories.
"They want everybody to vote. I don't want everybody to vote," Weyrich told a Dallas, Texas, audience in 1980. "Elections are not won by a majority of people; they never have been from the beginning of our country, and they are not now."