On Wednesday’s Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, the host managed to satirize both the triumph of President Trump’s electorate and the despair of Hillary Clinton’s losing side, with equal firmness and in the same segment.
Bee took a batch of her correspondents to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration to “interview the winners.” As with any person-on-the-street interrogations these days — whether conducted by Jimmy Kimmel or by Jesse Watters on The O’Reilly Factor — the subjects came off as ill informed and inarticulate.
Yet as you can also see, Bee’s correspondents come off just as badly as the Trump supporters they’re there to ridicule. As they talk about “batting away liberal tears” and staring blank-faced as one young man happily compares Trump’s victory to being on the Titanic, you realize that Bee is allowing us to witness a curdled smugness on her side as well.
But to say that that last guy, the Trump fan whom Full Frontal has interviewed before, is “wearing what one suspects might be his only other T-shirt” — well, that may be the lamest joke this show has ever made. It’s as though Bee is conceding that the election has begun to outstrip her staff’s powers to make things funny.
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee airs Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. on TBS.