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Samantha Bee ripped into Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his embrace of a return to harsh drug war sentencing policies on Full Frontal this week. By directing federal prosecutors to seek the most serious charges possible in drug cases, Sessions is undoing long overdue sentencing reforms embraced by both the Obama administration and Congress.
The acerbic comedian was having none of it. Describing Sessions—who once said he liked the local Ku Klux Klan until he found out they smoked pot—as an “apple-cheeked hate goblin,” Bee added, “It’s like Trump nominated a VHS tape of Reefer Madness to run his Justice Department.”
Noting that in recent years, reducing or eliminating mandatory minimums and other severe sentencing practices has been one of those rare areas where there have been signs of bipartisan consensus, Bee deploys clips of Snoop Dogg and Charles Koch working to the same end to make her point.
“Criminal justice reform is one of the few precious things that the left and right can agree on,” Bee said. “It’s an issue that unites Rand Paul and Cory Booker, Paul Ryan and Bernie Sanders, and I shit you not, Charles Koch and Snoop Dogg.”
But Sessions didn’t want any part of a sentencing reform bill last year, “like that asshole who didn’t RSVP for the party and instead called the cops,” as she put it. “Putting Jeff Sessions in charge of criminal justice is like putting that fifth dentist who never agrees with the other four in charges of all out teeth.”