Samantha Bee spent much of her opening session this week around accused Russian spy Maria Butina, but her real target was NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch.
While films such as Red Sparrow or television series such as The Americans make it look "hard to be a sexy Russian spy and persuade Americans themselves compromising yourself "Butina" has now proven that it is extremely easy. " And their main tactic was to exploit the American weapons culture.
"Who cares if Butina imagined a half-hearted James Bond character?" Asked the Full Frontal host. "The scary thing is that foreign interests are working together with powerful conservative groups like the NRA, and it's even easier now." For now, as she explained, the Trump administration has made it much easier to hide donations to these groups from the IRS
"The new IRS rules apply specifically to charitable organizations whose purpose is to" social welfare " and each of these organizations can spend up to 49 percent of their money on political ends and does not have to tell anyone where it came from, "said Bee. "That would be worrying with any organization, but the NRA has spent years producing videos specifically designed to split Americans who usually show the shiny-haired panic button Dana Loesch."
After broadcasting a pro-NRA video infamous by Loesch, this attacks both the media in general and "late-night hosts who think their opinion is the only opinion that matters," Bee decided to join in the fire To fight fire.
"You know, I never thought I would say that to another woman, but maybe calm down and smile more," she joked. While "Dana and the NRA are so eager to proclaim the scourge of American liberalism," she pointed out that they were "completely silent" when it came to Butina.
So she put on a leather blazer herself and spoke to the NRA "in a way they understand."
"NRA, you go to your little screen with your ghastly shark eyes to tell people with their guns or whatever," Bee said, guiding Loesch. "You make a narrative that is out of context and fear ̵
" Then you get caught connecting with a Russian agent and you just disappear? "She continued. "What gives? I dare you to comment, I urge you to tell me how American it is, that the NRA takes money from foreign agents who want to see our democracy burn."
Then she ventured Loesch to make oneself heard. "You want to be a star, right?" Bee asked. "You are the NRA spokesman, so start talking."