Samantha Bee didn’t expect to be giving this particular monologue.
For her post-election special, the Full Frontal host stood onstage in what she had hoped would be a celebratory sparkly blazer, in response to Hillary Clinton being elected as America’s first woman president. Instead, she mourned the end of Clinton’s campaign with not a small amount of fury — and dug into how, exactly, Donald Trump came to win.
As crushed anti-Trump voters to try to “dust for fingerprints” and assign blame for Clinton’s loss, Bee insisted there is one demographic that deserves the brunt of it: white people.
“I guess ruining Brooklyn was a dry run,” she added.
Showing CNN’s exit polls, Bee pointed to the 58 percent of white men and 53 percent of white women who voted for Trump — making white people the only demographic in which more people voted for the president-elect than for Clinton.
Bee then addressed her liberal-skewing audience directly. “Don’t try to distance yourselves from the ‘bad apples’ and say, ‘it’s not my fault, I didn’t vote for him! #NotAllWhitePeople,” Bee said, with searing disdain. “If Muslims have to take responsibility for every member of their community, so do we.”
For despondent liberals, Bee’s anger might have been cathartic — and that anger will no doubt continue to be a theme throughout a Trump presidency. But as Bee emphasized again and again, she’s pretty devastated to be delivering jokes during what could be a disastrous few years.
“What we did was the democratic equivalent of installing an above-ground pool,” Bee said. “Even if we’re lucky and it doesn’t seep into our foundations, the neighbors will never look at us the same way again.”