Hot take: If you defend the p***y-grabber but think Samantha Bee's words crossed a line, you might just be a hypocritical shill.
In what might be her most blatantly absurd display of selective outrage to date, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders slammed comedian Samantha Bee on Thursday for using “vile and vicious” language during a skit about Ivanka Trump.
Sanders went on to demand a public repudiation of the remarks from TBS — the station that airs Bee’s show — and then continued doing her job as an apologist for a man who bragged about sexually assaulting women.
Bee’s comment, which she has since apologized for, came just after ABC canceled Roseanne Barr’s show in the wake of a series of racist and anti-Semitic attacks on a former Obama administration adviser and a holocaust survivor.
The White House stumbled through its (non)response to the incident involving Barr, an outspoken Trump supporter.
Apparently hoping to use Bee’s remarks to change the narrative, Sanders forcefully denounced the comments — something the White House didn’t do in response to Barr’s virulent racism — and then tried to accuse “the left and its media allies” of being hypocritical.
“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,” Sanders said Thursday afternoon.
Sanders might want to think twice before wading into that territory.
If she thinks crude words about women are bad, surely she thinks groping women is worse — right?
If she thinks the “collective silence by the left” is bad, surely she thinks it’s even worse that Trump supporters actively defended him in the aftermath of the Access Hollywood video and wrote off his remarks as “locker room talk” — right?
If she thinks TBS and Time Warner should publicly repudiate Bee for saying words, surely she thinks the White House should publicly repudiate Trump for bragging about violating women — right?
If she thinks TBS and Time Warner need to “demonstrate that such profanity about female members of this administration will not be condoned” by the network, surely she thinks the White House needs to demonstrate that profanely violating female bodies will not be condoned by the Trump administration — right?
If she thinks a comedian’s words are worthy of public condemnation by the White House, surely she thinks a president’s behaviors are worthy of the same level of condemnation — right?
Sanders has repeatedly come to Trump’s defense in the aftermath of the Access Hollywood video and other outbursts of violent misogyny from Trump, showing that she’s willing to tolerate such behavior from a man in the highest position of power in America.
She claims that Trump treats women with “the highest level of respect” and has said it isn’t appropriate to talk about allegations of sexual assault against Trump because “the people of this country … addressed that when they elected Donald Trump to be president.”
Sanders’ job is, quite literally, to serve as an apologist for the most notorious misogynist in America.
She goes to work everyday, stands in front of the country, and justifies or deflects from the actions of a man who was heard on tape boasting that his status as a “star” lets him get away with serial sexual assault.
Her job duties have included defending Trump in the face of more than a dozen women accusing him of sexual misconduct, echoing his denials, and casting doubt on the women’s accusations. Other responsibilities have included defending Trump’s sexist attacks on female politicians and reporters.
And now, she wants to claim that words are the real problem — not a president who brags about habitually violating women, nor the policies of an administration that habitually violates women’s rights.
Spare us the selective outrage, Sarah — no one was buying it anyway.