Remember when late-night comics cared about entertaining viewers, not preaching to them? Many people long for the days before esteemed political activists named Colbert, Kimmel and Fallon turned late-night TV into something maybe 5% of the country could relate to.
“The Late Show” took a serious turn on Thursday night as host Stephen Colbert said he was “dressed for a funeral” because Trump tried really hard to “kill something.”
A visibly upset Colbert blasted the president in a blistering monologue where he called Trump’s actions “predictable” and told him to “get a new act.” “We all knew he would do this,” Colbert added before saying, “What I didn’t know is that it would hurt so much, I didn’t expect this to break my heart. For him to cast a dark shadow on our most sacred right from the briefing room in the White House, our house. Not his. That is devastating.”
The late-night host then called on Republicans to denounce the president saying, “This is the time to get off the Trump train because he told you where the train is going and it’s not a passenger train and he’ll load you on it someday, too.”
Colbert has made it clear over the past four years that he was never a fan of the president and clearly does not support the president’s efforts to investigate possible fraud that may have occurred in the election.
Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel also attacked Trump, referring to him as “Twitler” at one point for his affection for sending out tweets. Kimmel also called Trump’s press briefing “a litany of lies, threats, just a despicable and incoherent attack on democracy in the United States.”
Kimmel also added that Trump should have been arrested at the “end of that speech.”