Samantha Bee revisited the GOP’s approach to racial politics on Monday, arguing that Donald Trump isn’t bringing anything new, despite what he claims.
“Trump isn’t desecrating the Republican Party,” she explained. “He’s just peeling back the glossy exterior to reveal the hideous symbiont that’s been lurking there for decades.”
As Richard Nixon embraced the “Southern Strategy,” Bee said, Republicans became a home for “Dixiecrats” who felt displaced after the signing of both the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.
“I am not saying all racists are Republican or that all Republicans are racists,” she added for clarification. “They are absolutely not. I am saying that for half a century, the GOP, in order to win elections, has relied on an uneasy coalition of two opposing interests.”
Much like Breaking Bad‘s Walter White, the modern incarnation of the party was an alliance on entrepreneurs and businessmen who entered “an ill advised partnership with white supremacists” — only to see the alliance fray.
Watch Bee explain Republican history, as aired on Monday, below.