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#EndorseThis: Colbert Identifies 'Well-Known Disease Vector' In Arizona

Stephen Colbert takes a few minutes to review the evisceration of our laws that allowed former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to go free, after twice confessing to felony offenses (and selling out his office to a foreign power). Colbert notes that the two US Appeals Court judges who sprang the retired general were Republican operatives -- including a right-wing extremist appointed to the bench by Donald Trump last year.

But that's just the hors d'oeuvre because America is in mu9ch bigger trouble. Coronavirus is spiking across 26 states, including new daily highs of 5,000 cases plus in Florida and Texas. One of the biggest surges is in Arizona where, as Colbert put it, "another well-known disease vector" showed up on Wednesday. Trump flew there to deliver a speech to a crowd of 3,000 young nimrods, packed together with very few wearing masks.

"Do you feel the spirit?" asked Trump as the kids hooted. Oh yeah, it's in the air! And if you don't feel it now, you will soon enough.

Dark humor is all we have right now.


#EndorseThis: Colbert Narrates Trump's Visit To His Border Wall

If Trump felt sad about his pitiful Tulsa rally, what better way to cheer himself up than to visit his cherished border wall? Never mind that the wall as he envisioned it can never be completed (let alone paid for by Mexico).

As Stephen Colbert explains, even Trump's diminished substitute for the original wall isn't meeting expectations. And of course -- as Colbert further elaborates -- the president is lying about the building of that dinky, entirely useless barrier.

According to Colbert, Trump is also preoccupied with proving his mental acuity, and refers often in White House meetings to a cognitive exam he took two years ago. If you find that reassuring, you're a Trump cultist. And you won't find this monologue funny at all.

It's hilarious. Just click.


#EndorseThis: Colbert On Social Distance, Trump, And Alligators

Lacking a vaccine, sufficient medical supplies, or any of the preparations that might have been possible under a competent government, Americans can only practice social distancing in hopes of "flattening the curve" — and possibly saving their own lives. But as Stephen Colbert acidly notes, Donald Trump has relentlessly eroded even that slender shield between us and the deadly coronavirus.

His method is insidious, a sham optimism that cannot disguise his narcissism and selfishness as he refuses to issue a national stay-at-home order that might actually help. In this stubborn stupidity he is emulated by a handful of Southern governors. Colbert gives a moment of special attention to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who ascended by electoral cheating and now refuses to close his state's beaches despite pleas from local officials.

Colbert also notes Trump's promotion of hydroxychloroquine, a malaria medication that may or may not prove useful against the virus. It has potentially deadly side effects, as Trump knows, but so what? "Try it! If you like like!" It turns out that Trump is repeating quackery whispered in his ear by none other than Rudy Giuliani. What a surprise.

Try a click! If you like.

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#EndorseThis: Stephen Colbert And John Oliver, Together Again — But Alone

It’s lonely to host a late-night show from isolation – no audience, no band, and no live guests. And nobody understands that loneliness better than a fellow host, which may be why Stephen Colbert brought on his old Comedy Central buddy John Oliver for a remote visit.

Naturally, the pals started snapping on each other immediately, with Oliver mocking Colbert’s bosses at CBS for bleeping any mild obscenity he might utter (unlike HBO management, where the policy is far more liberated). Then Stephen tries to prove he can curse, too.

While Stephen says he is rediscovering old skills, like changing a bicycle tire, John confesses that to create a TV show from home, with toddlers underfoot, makes him feel like he’s drowning. “And now HBO knows you don’t need a set,” quips Colbert.

And they go on. It’s a charming, hilariously funny inside view of what this moment is like for Oliver and Colbert.