During a Wednesday night segment criticizing the administration’s immigration practices, “Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee directed some choice words at Ivanka Trump, who recently sparked online outrage when she tweeted a photo of herself with her son.
“You know, Ivanka, that’s a beautiful photo of you and your child,” Bee said. “Let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad’s immigration practices, you feckless c—. He listens to you.”
Bee’s comment attracted attention on social media through Thursday morning and elicited a passionate response from the White House.
“The language used by Samantha Bee last night is vile and vicious,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the Wrap. “The collective silence by the left and its media allies is appalling. Her disgusting comments and show are not fit for broadcast, and executives at Time Warner and TBS must demonstrate that such explicit profanity about female members of this administration will not be condoned on its network.”
On Thursday afternoon, Bee apologized in a statement shared with The Post.
“I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night,” she said. “It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it.”
TBS commented in an additional statement: “Samantha Bee has taken the right action in apologizing for the vile and inappropriate language she used about Ivanka Trump last night. Those words should not have been aired. It was our mistake too, and we regret it.”
Autotrader, an online marketplace for cars, stated that they are suspending their sponsorship of the TBS show: “The comments expressed by Samantha Bee were offensive and unacceptable and do not reflect the views of our company.”
Bee’s words drew comparison to Roseanne Barr’s recent racist tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett that quickly led to the cancellation of her ABC series.
NBC’s Megyn Kelly called Bee’s language “disgusting” and criticized the media coverage of Bee’s segment.
“How is this acceptable?” she wrote. “And how are we expected to take any of these publications seriously if they gleefully repost something like this at the same time they (rightfully) condemn @therealroseanne?”
CNN’s Brian Stelter, who is not considered to have a conservative bent in his reporting, suggested that there would be “widespread criticism” of a conservative comedian disparaging Chelsea Clinton in a similar manner.
“How about we debate Trump’s policies without resorting to profanity?” he added.
Radio host Erick Erickson tweeted that equating Bee’s words with Barr’s tweet is valid, adding that “most of you who think it is [false equivalence] would agree with me if it was someone other than a Trump being attacked.”
The rebuttals have been that this form of vulgar language doesn’t compare to Roseanne Barr’s comment perpetuating racism and her history of doing so.
A majority of Bee’s segment concerned other officials in the Trump administration.
The host said “we have had awful immigration practices since, well, always... Donald Trump didn’t invent this issue. He’s just making it so much worse.”
Recent interviews with conservative politicians serve as proof, according to Bee. Former Republican senator Rick Santorum said Sunday on CNN that “we lose people all the time.” Earlier in the month, Chief of Staff John Kelly told NPR correspondent John Burnett that the migrant children would be put into foster care “or whatever.” Kirstjen Nielsen, the Homeland Security secretary, argued on C-SPAN that families are separated “because they’re breaking the law.”
“We know this isn’t just about breaking the law because you’re also doing this to families who are legally seeking asylum,” Bee responded. “After decades of ignoring the issue, Americans are finally paying attention. Well, most of us.”