One of the reasons the 2016 election has been so contentious and strange is that the major-party candidates (Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump) are the two most unpopular presidential candidates in modern political history. For Clinton, this is the end result of a decades-long political career that has often been characterized by an adversarial relationship with the media and political culture at large. On Monday night’s Full Frontal, Samantha Bee looked back at Clinton’s career in politics and how things came to be this way.
As Bee notes, Clinton was criticized as far back as her husband’s time as governor of Arkansas — mostly for having long hair and keeping her maiden name and generally not adhering to the popular perception of what a “first lady” should be. Bee points out that the onus for her husband’s flaws and misdeeds was often placed on her shoulders; when he was embroiled in cheating scandals, it was up to her to go on TV and show support.
“If I were Hillary, I would have dumped America by now, but she’s terrible at knowing when to leave a relationship,” Bee said. “Look, if you can’t bring yourself to vote for Hillary Clinton, I get it. I’m not voting for Hillary Clinton, either. I’m voting for Hillary Goddamn Brilliant Badass Queen Beyoncé Rodham. I have a hunch she’s still in there.”
Watch the clip below.