On Wednesday night, MSNBC host Ari Melber warmly welcomed TBS late-night radical feminist Samantha Bee to discuss abortion, hailing her for being “on the forefront with comedy and facts.”
Melber began the segment with a macabre “greatest hits” reel, highlighting her routines on The Daily Show and on her TBS show Full Frontal. These clips included Bee saying, “If you’re like me, you’re just a few weeks away from having fewer human rights,” asking someone if they had, “Thought about regulating the safety of back alleys, because that’s where a lot of women will be having their abortions now?” and, employing rhetoric that would probably put her on a watch list if she was talking about guns, “If they’re taking away our right to choose, fighting is the only choice we’ve got left.”
Left out of the “greatest hits” were lowlights like Bee denigrating Ivanka Trump as a “feckless c—t.”
The interview began with Melber and Bee reminiscing about a segment she ran in 2008 for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, where she heckled pro-lifers at a convention for two days to get them to say the word “choice.” When asked how she felt about Justice Alito’s draft opinion being leaked, Bee responded with a mixture of shock and grief:
You know, shocked but not surprised. Shocked, but not surprised. That’s all I can really say. It’s devastating — I mean, it’s devastating. It’s devastating. Everyone around me is — you know, people are texting me, they’re like, what are we going to do? I’m like — I actually don’t know. I’m so sorry. I actually don’t — I really don’t know. I really don’t know.
Melber then read aloud a portion of Alito’s draft, where he cites early 18th-century legal documents as a precedent against legalizing abortion in the American legal system. Bee said this was “wildly unreasonable, wildly out of touch,” and that “You just can’t imagine this kind of — like — minority rule where the vast majority of the country wants something and is very comfortable with. . .To take it away is such a disgrace and an injustice.”
Picking up on the question of “minority rule,” Melber asked for Bee’s take on Justice Alito’s opinion that abortion could still remain legal in many states, since, “‘Women constituted 55 percent of the voters who cast ballots,’ and he reasons that those women can unite to keep abortion legal in any state if they choose to.”
Bee decided the best way to answer was to chuckle uncomfortably before randomly spouting, “We have to do something about the filibuster, okay?”
Huh? Was this about Congress failing to codify abortion-on-demand into federal law, so millions more unborn babies can be dismantled? Or was this about voting to expand the Supreme Court so the Democrats can pack it? Whatever the cause, MSNBC is very pro-Bee.