Here’s a clip from last night’s Full Frontal, where Samantha Bee takes a moment to honor Speaker Paul Ryan in a “Portrait in Courage” segment, where she breaks down how the man who has for years been lauded as the “conscience of the Republican party” has sacrificed all of the principles he once held dear to support Donald Trump – which makes that “conscience of the Republican party” label not much more than a quaint reminder of the past.
“Watching Ryan play moral watchdog was like watching Taylor Swift pretend to be surprised at an award show – bland and fake, but weirdly compelling. Take another cue from Taylor Swift, Mr. Speaker: Know when to dump the guy you’ve only been pretending to like to help your career. It’s kind of hurting your ‘moral compass of the party’ brand,” Bee says before warning Democrats that, like him or not, Ryan plays an important potential role should there be a point when Trump’s misdeeds become too great for Republicans to ignore. “If, in theory, a hypothetical president – we’ll call him Doug – were to collude with a foreign enemy, engage in self-dealing, defy a co-equal branch of government, share state secrets with the entire early dinner seating of his private club, be clinically bonkers, or worst of all, lie under oath about an alleged sex act, guess who would be expected to draw up articles of impeachment?”