Samantha Bee Is Tired of Double Standards

And as late-night television’s only female host, she should know.


On last night’s episode of Full Frontal, Samantha Bee tore into the double standard the nation’s first female presidential nominee has endured compared with any other nominee, especially her opponent, “Agent Orange.”

Bee aired a clip of Hillary Clinton accepting the nomination and then followed it with images of male commentators’ and their observations that her historic speech was “shrill” and a “very average scream.”

“We have waited our whole lives to hear a woman to say those words,” Bee said, “and then, immediately get criticized for the voice she said them in.”

She pointed out how pessimistic and laden with fear and mistrust the tone of the Republican National Convention was in contrast to the refreshingly upbeat Democratic Convention—filled with speeches about a promising future of inclusion and acceptance, only if Clinton wins in November.

Bee played clips from the rousing endorsements by Vice President Joe Biden, vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, several seasoned police veterans, “just for good measure, half the fucking Pentagon,” the current first lady and president, and even Sen. Bernie Sanders, and suggested that Clinton’s win in the general election should be a sure thing.

But, Bee noted, even after President Barack Obama said there is no person more qualified—not him, not Bill—than Hillary Clinton to be president, doubts remain that she will be able to secure the presidency come November.

“That is how good you have to be if you’re a woman running for president,” an incredulous Bee said. “And she still might lose!”

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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