Conservative talk radio host Glenn Beck appeared on TBS’s “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” Monday, and the two diametrically opposed television personalities tried to find some common ground.
Bee opened the bidding by criticizing Beck for having “said some crazy bulls**t over the years.” She stated that she invited Beck on the program because she believes “our future requires a broad coalition of bipartisan decency,” to which Beck agreed.
Bee then criticized Beck for being an pessimist, which Beck one-upped by saying, “I’m not a pessimist, I’m a catastrophist.” He pointed out that the same kinds of catastrophic feeling of despair that conservatives had when Obama was elected are the exact same feelings liberals now have about Trump’s election:
Beck: I hate to break it to you—
Bee: Uh uh.
Beck: See, I’ve been watching you.
Beck: You’ve adopted a lot of my catastrophe kind of traits.
Bee: I’m a catastrophist?
Beck: You are.
Bee: In the mode of Glenn Beck?
Beck: Let me ask you this—
Bee: Sam Bee’s having a Christmas crisis.
Beck: Do you believe there’s a chance we fall into a dictatorship under Donald Trump?
Bee: Oh, God.
Beck: Do you believe there’s a chance we lose our freedom of speech and press under this president?
Bee: Oh, Jesus Christ. Glenn Beck is gonna make me cry.
Beck: I’m sorry. Somebody has to say it.
Bee also highlighted Beck's work with charitable organizations, helping women who were rescued from ISIS, and providing illegal immigrant children with toys, clothing, and $2 million worth of food. Beck acknowledged the criticism he drew at the time by donating resources for illegal immigrants while explaining his reason for doing so: "I have tried to teach my audience: They're children; yes, you can be against illegal immigration, but they're children, and they're here, and they're humans."
At the end of the segment, Bee presented Beck with a “strange bedfellows” cake with icing representations of Bee and Beck, and the two ate each others’ heads.