On Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, Bee spoofed a video of NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch, complete with serious tone and ominous background music, in an attempt to get the NRA to finally comment on the group’s newfound links to Russia, including with Maria Butina, an alleged Russian agent who was closely affiliated with the gun rights group, and Alexander Torshin, a former Russian politician. Torshin is currently the deputy governor of the Bank of Russia and is being investigated for funneling money to the NRA to push a pro-Russia agenda.
Bee began by going after the divisive language used in the video, saying, “NRA, you go on your little screen with your scary shark eyes to tell people to make out with their guns or whatever. You make a narrative out of false context and fear-monger your followers into thinking they’re in a civil war.”
Bee then went after the fact that the NRA has been unusually quiet since its close ties to Russian operatives became known. “Then you’re caught associating yourself with one Russian agent and you just disappear?” Bee asked. “What gives? I dare you to make a comment. I challenge you to tell me how it’s American for the NRA to take money from foreign agents who want to see our democracy burn.”
In the NRA video, Loesch speaks to the media, late night hosts, and others, saying as she turns over an hourglass, “Your time is running out. The clock starts now.” So Bee set her sights directly on Loesch, saying, “You’re the NRA spokesperson, so start spoking [sic].” She then showed Loesch how to really use props for dramatic effect, turning over an hourglass and an alarm clock, respectively as she said, “Your time is running out. The clock is ticking.” Bee then pointed at a chess board: “Your move.”
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