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Monday, December 09, 2019

Reviewing the high-level traffic in and out of Trump Tower this week, as President-elect Donald Trump filled out his cabinet, Late Show host Stephen Colbert notes, “So far it’s been a Who’s Who of Why? What??!” The latest Trump cameo featured Kanye West — a perilous “gathering of the two most powerful American narcissists in the same room.” Their deep discussion of “multicultural issues” concluded with “a bro hug.”

Colbert remarks on the appointment of Rex Tillerson, the ExxonMobil CEO, as secretary of state, which could make every gas station into “an official U.S. embassy.” But at least Tillerson believes in climate change. “Of course he believes in it!” exclaims Colbert. “He invented it!”

There was also a loser in Trump’s State Department audition — the erstwhile Republican nominee and Trump critic, Mitt Romney. Colbert almost bought the idea that Romney would win after watching Trump treat him to a fancy dinner in Manhattan, with a menu that included “frogs’ legs in a reduction of Romney’s dignity.”

And then there’s Rick Perry, the new Energy Secretary, whom Colbert said he could describe in three words: “Dumb. Mother…and I forget the third one.” Somehow jokes reduce the pain.


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