So, Samantha Bee and Glenn Beck are weirdly friends now, sort of
We are most definitely living in the end times if Samantha Bee and Glenn Beck are teaming up against Donald Trump and the America he’s already creating. Well, wait. Let’s just all agree that on some level, Beck and his lunatic, racist antics back at the dawn of the Tea Party and President Obama’s first term are partly to blame for the lunatic, racist president-elect we now have.
But he’s a little different now, and it’s totally fucking weird. It’s almost like A Christmas Carol, where Scrooge sees all of the terrible things he does and then makes amends with a turkey (or was it ham?), except Beck is now donating toys to undocumented children at the border and running a knitting charity for women who are victims of ISIS. Yes, a knitting charity.
ICYMI, he also openly opposed Trump during the election, like a mad scientist making amends for the monster he created. Bee took notice and invited Beck to sit down with her on Full Frontal With Samantha Bee and… well, talk to her. Earlier this month, Beck had her on his show, too, where they talked about fake news and political bubbles. That was OK, but Bee and Beck in Christmas sweaters (not holiday sweaters, obvs) holding hands is much more amusing, if not totally weird, to watch.
They started by laying the groundwork about how each of their respective audiences thinks they’re crazy for sitting down together. But that was the whole point, apparently. Bee said, “I think that our future is going to require a broad coalition of non-partisan decency. It’s not just individual people against Donald Trump, it’s all of us against ‘Trumpism.’ I actually think it’s important to reach into places where we wouldn’t normally reach.”
Beck agreed, saying, “I, as a guy who has done damage, I don’t want to do any more damage. I know what I did, I helped divide, I’m willing to take that.” Well, at least there’s that.
But he’s still fucking batshit crazy, it’s just now he sees how he spawned even crazier crazies. Which is why he had a warning for Bee, likening her post-election shows to his crazy chalkboard days and pointing out that her doom and gloom catastrophic take on Trump’s presidency is akin to his (which is almost a fair point). Until he said, “Do you believe there’s a chance we fall into a dictatorship under Donald Trump? Do you believe there’s a chance we lose our freedom of speech and press?”
Bee jokingly accepted this “catastrophist” label, but here’s the point I wish she could have made in the clip to make it a little more real — those things are much more likely to happen under Trump than they ever were under Obama. Or maybe I’m just a crazy liberal, too. Is that the point of this? No, no, Beck’s fear of Obama was unfounded and stupid and dangerous.
The two then hold hands (uh, awkward) and eat a “Strange Bedfellows” cake together. It’s so weird. Anything is possible these days, apparently.