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What Does 'Feckless' Mean? Samantha Bee's Description of 'Ineffective, Worthless' Ivanka Trump Explained

Ineffective, worthless, irresponsible—these are just a few synonyms to describe the word Samantha Bee used to insult first daughter Ivanka Trump. The comedian called President Donald Trump's eldest daughter a “feckless c**t” during the Wednesday airing of her TBS late-night show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

Many people took offense to Bee using the c-word to refer to Trump, which essentially is just a vulgar way to describe a woman’s genitals, but a quick dictionary search of the term “feckless” makes Bee’s insult sting just a little bit more.

According to Merriam-Webster, feckless is another word for "weak" and "irresponsible." Originating sometime in the 16th century from Scottish and northern English dialect, Dictionary.com defines the term as “incompetent; futile” or “having no sense of responsibility; indifferent; lazy." Oxford Dictionaries says feckless means “lacking initiative or strength of character; irresponsible.” The Free Dictionary’s version classifies it as “careless and irresponsible; feeble or ineffective.”

Bee used the term to describe Trump during an impassioned monologue regarding the separation of illegal immigrant children from their families, including some of whom were trafficked into slave labor. The Canadian-American host noted that while the hot topic was finally getting proper attention in America this week, Trump, who is a White House staffer, was still busy turning a blind eye to the problem and posting photos of her kids on social media.

“After decades of ignoring the issue, Americans are finally paying attention. Well most of us. Ivanka Trump, who works at the White House, chose to post the second most oblivious tweet we’ve seen this week,” Bee said as a screenshot of Trump’s photo with her 2-year-old son Theodore flashed across the TV screen.

The photo, which Trump posted on Sunday, sparked a wave of criticism online with many people blasting her for being insensitive, considering the photo was shared while a country-wide debate was taking place regarding maltreatment of immigrant children.

Bee used the term “feckless” to further insinuate that Trump’s role in the White House was ineffective, despite her being one of the people whom President Trump entrusts most.

“You know, Ivanka, that's a beautiful photo of you and your child but let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad's immigration practices you feckless c**t,” Bee said. “He listens to you. Put on something tight and low cut and tell your father to f*****g stop it. Tell him it was an Obama thing and see how it goes, OK.”