As she pointed out on last night’s episode of Full Frontal, while SJW snowflakes like us here at The A.V. Club may love her, to conservatives, Samantha Bee comes across as the “shrill, foul-mouthed host of a liberal bitch-fest.” But now that we’re staring down the barrel of a Trump presidency, Bee has decided that it’s time to form “a broad coalition of nonpartisan decency” to fight the race-baiting, self-serving philosophy of Trumpism. To do so, she’s enlisted Glenn Beck, the admitted former right-wing rabble-rouser who had an epiphany in the wake of Trump’s nomination and now preaches a more moderate form of conservatism.
After an initial partisan detente, Bee and Beck, dressed in the traditional diplomatic uniform of gaudy Christmas sweaters, got down to the business of bridging America’s hyperpartisan divide, a feat that will take some Evel Kneivel-level derring-do. On that note, Beck had some advice: “My message to you is: Please don’t make the mistakes that I made,” he said. “And I think all of us are doing it. We’re doing it on Facebook, we’re doing it on Twitter, we tear each other apart and we don’t see the human on the other side.”
Then Beck started accusing Bee of adopting his more catastrophic rhetoric, prompting Bee to point to herself and ask, “how does it make you feel that this is your legacy?” The whole interview was very awkward, but very earnest, with the two sides eventually reaching a hesitant truce. There’s one thing they see eye to eye on, though: After literally reaching out and touching hands to seal their agreement, Bee said, “It feels so creepy.” “It does,” Beck agreed.