Full Frontal has always had a tendency to get to the root of our current political predicament, and host Sam Bee did exactly that on last night’s show. During a segment on Trump’s claims of massive voter fraud, Bee explained that this particular myth didn’t originate with Trump.
“For the record, massive voter fraud is a lie, but this lie didn’t spring Athena-like from Donald’s collapsing pumpkin of a head,” she said. “He’s a marketer. His big lies are like his buildings: he doesn’t build them, he just slaps his brand on them and tricks the press into promoting them for free.”
Bee pointed out that the myth goes back to the late 1970s, when Paul Weyrich argued against the expansion of voter rights. “Republicans win when they keep people from voting,” explained Bee. “Especially Democrat people.” These laws disproportionately affect poor and minority communities, but you probably already knew that.
Bee points out that this little lie has gotten away from Republicans, to almost an absurd degree. Millions of people now believe that others have voted illegally, and current Republican leaders have done little to contradict these beliefs.
Check out the full segment above, or watch below to see what happens when Bee sends one of her correspondents to interview a fake news proliferator who also claims to be a bleeding heart liberal. Ugh.