Samantha Bee Skewers Lazy Democrats Who “Built” Donald Trump

Wow.


On Monday night, late-night host Samantha Bee said Democrats should shoulder some of the blame for Donald Trump, the billionaire reality-show star who is likely to become the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.

“If you didn’t vote in 2010, you built that,” Bee said on her show, Full Frontal, while pointing at a photo of Trump.

Bee argued that 2008—the year the country’s first black president was elected—was not the most important election in modern times for Democrats. It was the midterm election that was held two years later.

“The year was 2010. Kesha’s brave cry for help was at the top of dance charts. The man-made disaster spewing toxic foulness wasn’t Donald Trump, but Deepwater Horizon. And, oh yeah, there was an election. Just one of those boring midterm ones that will.i.am. does not make videos about. And just like with our college midterms, most of America thought it was fine to sleep through this one.”

She added: “You know who didn’t sit 2010 out? People who were old and white and super cranky about something.”

Those conservative voters helped elect more Republicans to Congress, which led to the current gridlock in Washington, she said.

Now, Americans are “so frustrated, they’re willing to vote for the first two-bit wall salesman who says he’ll stop Mexicans from raping their jobs.”

And there you have it. Because we dropped the ball in 2010, we have to pay for it with this “tangerine-tinted trashcan fire,” Bee said.

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