If you don’t find comedian Samantha Bee to be funny, then the comments made Thursday by conservative commentator — and NRA spokesperson — Dana Loesch should make you smile.
“A lot of people were offended and angry that I used an epithet to describe the president’s daughter last week,” Bee said. “It is a word I have used on the show many times trying to reclaim it. This time I used it as an insult. I crossed the line. I regret it and I do apologize for that.”
Bee said what she really felt bad about was that her comment took attention away from the issue she was trying to address — the separation of children from their parents when they are caught crossing the U.S. border illegally.
“I hate that this distracted from more important issues,” she added. “I hate that I did something to contribute to the nightmare of 24-hour news cycles that we’re all white-knuckling through. I should have known that a potty-mouthed insult would be inherently more interesting to (the media) than juvenile immigration policy.”
Loesch isn’t buying Bee’s apology.
During an appearance Thursday morning on “Fox & Friends,” Loesch said it’s obvious the use of the vulgar word was deliberate on Bee’s behalf.
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“She hijacked her own intent to bring attention to illegal immigration by using this term, and that’s what everyone talked about and they didn’t talk about anything else,” Loesch said. “But this is the most anyone has talked about her, so I don’t feel sorry for her because she got what she wanted.
“She used this word because she wanted to be shocking and she wanted to expand her name recognition, but she’s not recognized in a good way, nor do people identify her as someone who is smart or humorous.”
Loesch also criticized Bee for claiming the vulgarity she used to describe Ivanka Trump is one that she’s used often on her program in an effort to “reclaim” it.
“Why in the world, out of all words to try to reclaim, would you try to reclaim that one?” Loesch said. “You don’t reclaim a word by using it in an insulting manner against another woman. That’s not reclaiming the word; that’s joining along with the gang.”
Loesch pointed out that the decision by President Donald Trump on Wednesday to commute the life sentence of 63-year-old Alice Marie Johnson was based, in part, on a request made by TV personality Kim Kardashian West during a meeting with the president at the White House.
“It’s incredibly interesting that Kim Kardashian has had more effect politically than Samantha Bee has had, and has also had a better impact on the headlines for all the haters out there,” Loesch said.
Loesch used the news of Johnson’s release to tout the Trump administration’s efforts to make good on its campaign promise to reform the prison system.
“This is yet another instance where the administration is making good on promises from the previous administration,” Loesch said. “Remember, under the Obama administration, we had a lot of lip service about taking the first steps toward prison reform, particularly for non-violent offenses. And that’s what this president has given more attention to.”
By commuting the sentence of Johnson, who served more than 20 years for selling drugs despite the fact she had no criminal record, the president is proving “he’s willing to listen to people who come to D.C. to try to effect change,” Loesch said. “And furthermore, he does believe this is a serious issue.”
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