Donald Trump’s explosive feud with his own Secretary of State — who reportedly called him a fucking moron — is a disaster for diplomacy, but a cornucopia for late-night comedians. Trump responded to Rex Tillerson’s alleged insult with a challenge. “I think it’s fake news,” said the president, “but if he did [call Trump a […]
What happens when an impoverished, storm-wracked island is struck by a black hole of narcissistic ego? The people of Puerto Rico found out during Trump’s presidential visit on Tuesday — described aptly by Stephen Colbert as “a second disaster.” Compassion Donnie-style was on full display, from stupefying condescension (what Colbert calls “Trump-splaining”), inappropriate boasting (“we […]
Once more Stephen Colbert steps up to the challenge of educating President Trump about an issue he has clearly misunderstood. As Colbert explains, Trump is all wrong when he tells credulous supporters that football players are kneeling during the national anthem in protest against the flag. “Those players are protesting against racial injustice, they’re not […]
For off-the-cuff gaffes, casual insults to the audience, and every category of cringe-worthy idiocy, any Donald Trump speech is hard to match. Consider his remarks in North Dakota, annotated and commentated here by a certain Stephen Colbert. He was supposed to talk about tax reform, but he went off script. You’ve never really shuddered until […]
President Trump’s impromptu presser in the Trump Tower lobby in Manhattan on Tuesday — during which he went off-script and explicitly suggested that some of the TIKI torch-wielding white supremacists marching in the weekend’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, weren’t neo-Nazis — was “one for the ages,” says Stephen Colbert: “Specifically 1939 to 1945.”
Anthony Scaramucci appeared on the Late Show on Monday, giving host Stephen Colbert the opportunity to grill the departed White House communications director on Oval Office backstabbing. Asked if he thought Chief Strategist Steve Bannon ought to be fired, Scaramucci said, unequivocally, “If it was up to me, he’d be gone.” And the Bannon hate didn’t end […]
“I don’t want to be alarmist, but we’re all gonna die,” responded Late Show host Stephen Colbert to the nuclear pissing contest between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump. Between rounds of golf on Tuesday, Trump issued an escalatory warning to Jong-un: North Korea best not make any more threats to the […]
In his monologue as host of Saturday Night Live in November, Dave Chappelle controversially encouraged Americans to “give Trump a chance.” Now, almost nine months into Trump’s presidency, the former Chappelle Show host is amending his plea.
“The Mooch” was canned on Monday, little more than a week into his stint as White House communications director. This was devastating news especially to the host and fans of The Late Show, as Stephen Colbert was — for ten days — late night TV’s preeminent Scaramucci roast master.
Stephen Colbert allowed “beleaguered” Jeff Sessions onto The Late Show to address his fast deteriorating relationship with President Donald Trump, who has this past week publicly criticized the attorney general for recusing himself on matters relating to the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with the Russian government.
As part of the Late Show’s “Russia Week,” host Stephen Colbert palled around with oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov, the multi-billionaire owner of the Brooklyn Nets (“Nyets”) who made his fortune after buying a state-owned nickel mine “for just pennies on the nickel.”
A meeting of the political comedy minds took place on Wednesday’s Late Show, as host Stephen Colbert welcomed fellow Daily Show alum John Oliver.
“Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough made a surprising announcement on “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday: The former Florida Republican Congressman is giving his party the boot.
After a weeklong hiatus, Late Show host Stephen Colbert made it back to work just in time for President Trump’s White House to collapse under the weight of (what else but) its very own email scandal.
Do you feel jaded by the daily offenses of the man serving as POTUS? Does Trump seem to have degraded the office of the presidency so radically that nothing he says or does can awaken a sense of outrage? Stephen Colbert says he felt that way too — until yesterday, when Trump’s sickening misogynist Twitter […]
According to Stephen Colbert, the Senate Republicans are now going to “repeal and replace” their own version of the Trumpcare bill. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had little choice since more than a few of his own GOP caucus had rejected the rushed legislation. At least some Republican Senators blame Trump for “faltering” as a “closer,” […]
Seven years in the making — and now the Republican legislation to “repeal and replace Obamacare” is finally here. Except that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell withdrew his bill from the floor abruptly on June 27. Stephen Colbert sympathizes with poor McConnell (and not only because he suspects the Kentucky Republican may be the “unacknowledged […]
On the eve of James Comey’s appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee, a Trump-affiliated political action committee spent dark money to strike at the former FBI director with an attack ad. As Stephen Colbert observed, this barrage was yet another violation of American political norms by the Trump crew. The attack ad, aired on the […]
Stephen Colbert returned from vacation to the America of “covfefe.” It’s Trump country and in his lexicon — never mind those Justice Department attorneys begging him not to say it — what the president demands, on Twitter, is a “TRAVEL BAN [all caps in original]. What he doesn’t want is “the watered down, politically correct version” that Justice brought to the Supreme Court, “but the original travel ban.”
Beyond the infamous covfefe tweet were the mischievous messages that followed, as Trump urged the nation to “enjoy.”
Reviewing the calculations behind Trump’s budget math, Colbert notes that cutting rich people’s taxes is expected to “magically” increase revenues by two trillion bucks over ten years — and that budget director Mick Mulvaney then doubles the magic by counting that revenue twice.
Stephen Colbert isn’t impressed by the grandiose title affixed to Trump’s first federal budget, “A New Foundation For American Greatness,” and notes that the president and his budget director Mick Mulvaney are “building that new foundation for American greatness on the ground-up bones of poor people.”
Noting that “Trump gave Obama a ton of grief for bowing to the Saudi king,” Colbert said, “no way was he going to bow.” But the tape tells a different story: “Wait, there he is, going from the knees, and a bow — and a curtsey! He did a little curtsey at the end there, very nice.”
The continuing fiasco of the president’s decision to fire James Comey has revealed secret taping in the Trump White House, at least according to those @realDonaldTrump tweets. (Of course, those tweets are as likely to be true as anything else uttered by Trump, meaning not too likely.) For press secretary Sean Spicer that requires covering up, obfuscating, and stonewalling Watergate-style, which is horrifying as White House conduct — and comedy gold for Stephen Colbert.
For the truly gullible, the White House brought forth that letter on the Comey firing from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — prompting Colbert to snark that the Department of Justice should be renamed “the Department of Justification.”
Colbert answers Trump’s final insult to John Dickerson of CBS with a fusillade of burns and obscenities never before heard on network television to describe a president of the United States. Like so much that involves Trump, it represents a low point for the country. But it’s a high point for comedy.