Samantha Bee hammers Senate GOP for being 'a puppet of the NRA,' unlike Ronald Reagan

Sam Bee notes that Ronald Reagan wasn't "in the holster of Big Gun"
(Image credit: Full Frontal)

Samantha Bee was pretty excited about the 15-hour filibuster Senate Democrats held for gun control last week, she said on Monday's Full Frontal, but Republicans were not. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), for example, said Democrats were just putting on a show for their favorite pet cause, gun control, when the real issue of the Orlando nightclub shooting is terrorism. "Oh, knock it off, you rodent-faced soup sponge," Bee said, drawing from her bucket of Cruz insults. "You, of all people, don't get to call anyone out for political gamesmanship, considering that before getting your ass handed to you by a screaming carrot demon, you were best known for trying to shut down the government with 21 hours of bedtime stories."

Bee spent most of the rest of her time talking about how the Republican Party, founded by Abraham Lincoln, "wasn't always in the holster of Big Gun." Ronald Reagan, for example, became a big proponent of strict gun laws — for mixed reasons. "There's nothing like getting shot to put you on the side of gun control," she said, naming one. "So, at this rate, most Americans will come around in the next year or two." She singled out Mitch McConnell, recipient of nearly $1 million from the NRA, saying he admitted "to being a puppet of the NRA in a televised interview." The NRA and Senate Republicans all blamed "political correctness" for the Orlando shooting, almost as if there were NRA talking points involved.

"By the way, fun fact — sorry, I meant horrible fact," Bee said: "While the filibuster was going on, 48 people were shot in America, 12 of them fatally. We'll let you know when ISIS takes credit — you know, this being an Islamic terror problem and all." Watch below, but be warned, there's mildly NSFW language. Peter Weber

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