Former host of Comedy Central’s Daily Show, Jon Stewart, publicly defended Samantha Bee this past weekend after she called White House advisor Ivanka Trump a “feckless cunt.”
He made the statement during an event called Clusterfest, which is a comedy festival.
“They don’t give a shit about the word ‘cunt,’” Stewart said of Trump and his administration on Sunday. “That is probably—he says that instead of ‘please,’ I’m guessing.”
Bee, a TBS late-night host who previously worked over a decade as Stewart’s Daily Show correspondent, apologized last week for her on-air attack against Ivanka. Consequently, Full Frontal advertisers State Farm and Autotrader suspended their sponsorship of the weekly show.
Stewart also suggested Bee should have never apologized for the comment, because she would be participating in the “game” conservatives play. Saying there is nothing anyone can do to “make them [conservatives] give up this ‘We’re the real victims’ game,” because, “it’s a game, it’s a strategy, and it’s working.”
He went on to suggest, during a stand-up performance, that due to Bee’s character Ivanka is what she says she is.
“I’m going to tell you something about Sam Bee, because I’ve known her for a very long time. You could not find a kinder, smarter, more lovely individual than Samantha Bee. Trust me, if she called someone a cunt…” Stewart said, allowing the audience to finish the thought.
“Don’t get caught in a trap of thinking you can live up to a code of integrity that will be enough for the propagandist right. There isn’t,” Stewart warned the audience. “And so, create your own moral code to live by, but don’t be fooled into trying to make concessions that you think will mollify them.”