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#EndorseThis: Samantha Bee Smacks Down Peter Schweizer, Hard

Count on Samantha Bee to summarize the supposed scandal surrounding Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s business in Ukraine: “It’s bullshit!” But beyond that pithy epithet, Bee wants you to understand from where the bullshit emanates — because this isn’t the first time and it won’t be the last.

The original source of the Biden smear is a right-wing writer named Peter Schweizer, familiar from Clinton Cash, his 2016 project with Steve Bannon that succeeded in defaming the Clinton Foundation, the former president and the first female Democratic presidential nominee.

As Bee puts it, Schweizer “is very good at injecting his nasty little gas bubbles into America’s political bloodstream.”

She reviews Schweizer’s gamy history, his ties with Bannon and his ludicrous book “exposing” Disney, replete with paranoid tales of gay Disneyworld employees disguised as Donald Duck. And she lucidly explains how Schweizer and Bannon exploit mainstream outlets such as the New York Times and CNN to promote fake “investigations” of liberal politicians. Those investigations always feature gaping holes of fact and logic.

“We don’t have direct evidence” of Clinton’s supposed wrongdoing, Schweizer admits in a 2016 ABC clip. “Then why in the holy fuck are we talking about it?” demands Samantha Bee.

Why indeed? Only Sam could make this journalistic malpractice funny — and she does.

Click and wince.

#EndorseThis: Robert DeNiro Speaks Freely About ‘Unrepentant’ Liar Trump

If you missed Samantha Bee’s second Not The White House Correspondents Dinner, then you probably didn’t catch Robert DeNiro’s Trump-bashing stand-up routine. Playing to the First Amendment theme of the evening, the great actor (and Robert Mueller impersonator) didn’t hold back.

“I just gotta say, I fuckin’ love fake news,” he began. “If I get a bad review, fake news! Some nosey reporter finds out I never finished high school, fake news!…All that fake news, turns out, it’s real news. Or as we in this room call it, news.”

Free speech, said DeNiro bluntly, includes the president’s right to be “a relentless and unrepentant lying scumbag, the right of his supporters to not give a shit — and our right to do something about it.”

Nor did he mince words about what he has in mind. His inner comic emerges whenever DeNiro talks about Trump.

Click for laughs.

#EndorseThis: A Full Frontal Expose Of Fascism In The GOP

Which Republicans are most directly tied to white-supremacist fascism in 2018? Of course, many Democrats would go right to Donald J. Trump. But whatever your opinion of Trump on race and civil rights, he would likely be in the Reform Party or another fringe organization were it not for his devious strategy of taking over the GOP. In a weird way, Trump is the truest RINO of them all.

What about further down the ticket? Full Frontal host Samantha Bee has spent a week trying to rustle-up some GOP fascists to expose, and she’s got a nice big scalp in VA Republican Senate nominee Corey Stewart.

Bee shows the audience that not only does Stewart pal around with actual Nazis, his “land of Jefferson” campaign routine is total baloney, owing to a nasty little secret! The comic’s reveal at 2:30 is a classic.

(Editor’s Note: A National Memo email erroneously timed the reveal at 2:50, but it actually comes a little sooner. Best to watch the entire clip for maximum Bee time.)

Shut up, Stewart. Heh heh. Heh.

#EndorseThis: Samantha Bee Unloads On 3-D Printable Gun Zealots

Samantha Bee’s monologues are too restless to focus on one topic alone. This week, the comedienne begins with a funny riff on the “Q-Anon” devotees at a Trump rally who can’t tell a meaningless random-words generator when they see one, and wraps up with a shot across the bow at sleazy CBS executive Les Moonves.

But sandwiched in-between is Bee’s best gunning-down of a gun zealot to date. Taking on creepy Cody Wilson, a printable-weapon salesman who thinks the debate about homemade mass murder machines is “over,” the Full Frontal host unleashes a character assassination so deadly that you’d think it came from a Xerox.

Of course, it’s not really fair, since Wilson is fighting Bee with only one hand. What’s his other hand doing? Hint: it’s not tied behind his back.

See Sam smack a wanker.