However, one unexpected first for Full Frontal is the show’s first pro-Donald Trump piece. In its
run, the show has taken on the president for his anti-female policies and degradation
of women during the 2016 campaign. In doing research for the trip to Iraq, Ghalayini
was surprised to discover people in Kurdistan support Trump. Soon she and writer
Melinda Taub realized they had to take it to Bee, who was 100 percent behind
doing the segment.
“So we have a more traditional field piece about women in
conflict -- their role in war and peace -- and this other one, like, ‘Why do the
Kurds love Trump?” Ghalayini says, with an air of disbelief, of the piece that
airs Wednesday night, adding: “To hear someone sing Trump’s praises in another
language is only more bizarre than in English.”
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During a recent visit to The
Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Bee revealed “there are so many babies
being born named Trump -- male or female.”
While the discovery of Trump supporters in Iraq was
initially a surprise for Bee and the team, getting to travel abroad was a real
enjoyable experience. And for Bee, it's "a critical piece of the show that I would never want to do with out," she tells Variety. "It would really deprive me of the opportunity to go places and do field pieces and learn about the world."
Taking the show on the road is also an opportunity that Ghalayini says allows for the host
to be in a place where it doesn’t usually attract people like her. “Whether it’s
Kurdish women who are running a women’s center or a bunch of dudes on the
street who love Trump, I think there’s something special in the unexpected,” she offers.
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee airs Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on TBS.