Samantha Bee apologizes for Ivanka Trump insult: 'I crossed a line'

Samantha Bee apologized on Thursday for a vulgar insult she directed toward Ivanka Trump on Wednesday’s edition of “Full Frontal,” in which she called her a “feckless c—.”

“I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night,” she tweeted. “It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it.”

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In the segment, Bee took aim at President Donald Trump’s daughter and White House adviser for posting a photo with her children on social media after a week of reports that federal authorities had lost track of 1,500 migrant children, and after Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that those trying to come into the U.S. without documentation would be separated from their children.

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Bee, while acknowledging that migrant parent-children separations happened during the Obama administration as well, urged Ivanka Trump to try to influence her father. “Let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad’s immigration practices, you feckless c—,” she said. “He listens to you. Put on something tight and low cut and tell him to f—— stop it. Tell him it was an Obama thing and see how it goes, OK?”

Many, especially conservatives, slammed Bee’s insult as sexist and drew comparisons to Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet about Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett, which got Barr’s hit ABC sitcom revival “Roseanne” canceled earlier this week. Some called for “Full Frontal” to also be axed in response.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called Bee’s comment “vile and vicious” and urged Time Warner, which owns TBS and CNN parent Turner, to take disciplinary action.

“The collective silence by the left and its media allies is appalling,” she said. “Her disgusting comments and show are not fit for broadcast, and executives at Time Warner and TBS must demonstrate that such explicit profanity about female members of this administration will not be condoned on its network.”

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