It wasn’t long ago that Samantha Bee stirred up controversy by referring to Ivanka Trump as an unprintable word rhyming with “punt” but on Wednesday’s edition of “Full Frontal”, she shockingly gave the president’s daughter props for spearheading some recent legislation.
This week, Bee praised Trump for her efforts to help pass a parental leave law that allows U.S. federal workers up to 12 weeks of maternity leave, part of the National Defense Act passed in December.
“After decades of being behind every other country, the U.S is finally starting to make progress, thanks, in part, to lobbying from, believe it or not, Ivanka Trump,” said Bee. “This administration approved a law that gives 12 weeks of paid leave to federal employees who give birth, adopt, or foster a child.”
Of course, Bee couldn’t resist throwing in a shot. “I guess even a Trump has to do something right occasionally,” she joked, offering another example: “Eric [Trump] doesn’t start fires anymore.”
In light of the legislation, Bee announced that “Full Frontal” would give its employees a whopping 20 weeks’ paid leave for new moms or primary caregivers. She challenged other late-night programs to do the same.
“‘Full Frontal’ is now offering our employees the best-paid family leave policy in all of late-night,” Bee said a video. “This kind of policy isn’t mandated by the government but it should be! Having a baby without going broke should be possible for all workers.”
Bee’s comments follow the firestorm that erupted in 2008 after she called Ivanka Trump a “feckless c***” for not using her influence to halt the draconian U.S. immigration policy that separates immigrant children from their parents.
The Canadian comedian was roundly criticized by those on both sides of the political spectrum, including President Donald Trump, who issued an angry tweet calling for the “no talent” host to be fired.
Bee ultimately apologized.
“A lot of people were offended and angry that I used an epithet to describe the president’s daughter and adviser last week. It is a word I have used on the show many times, hoping to reclaim it. But this time I used it as an insult. I crossed the line. I regret it and I do apologize for it,” Bee said on the following week’s show.
“The problem is that many women have heard that word at the worst moments of their lives, and a lot of them don’t want that word reclaimed — they want it gone,” she added. “And I don’t blame them. I don’t want to inflict more pain on them. I want this show to be challenging and I want it to be honest.”