Exactly two months ago, after President Donald Trump responded to his electoral defeat by declaring victory, Stephen Colbert fought back tears during his monologue as he told viewers, “We all knew he would. What I didn’t know was that it would hurt so much.
He hadn’t seen anything yet. But this time Colbert was not sad, he was furious.
the Last show The host launched the jokes again on Wednesday night, going live on CBS to share his horrified response to the act of violent insurgency earlier today, fueled by the president’s election lies.
“I really want to do the show we’re about to do,” Colbert began. “And I also really don’t want to do the show. Because Lord have mercy, there are some dark topics we talk about every now and then on the show, but I’ve rarely been as upset as tonight.
Speaking directly to Republican members of Congress who support Trump, the host asked, “Have you had enough? After five years of pampering this president’s fascist rhetoric, guess which supporters want to burn the Reichstag down?
“Who could have seen this coming?” Asked Colbert. “All people! Even dummies like me. This is the most shocking, tragic, and least surprising thing I have ever seen. For years now people have been telling you cowards that if you let it go. president will lie about our democracy over and over again and then join him in this lie and say he is right when you know for a fact that he is not there will be a terrible price to pay. But you don’t never thought you should pay it too.
From there, he singled out Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO), who was filmed “raising his stupid fist at the crowd outside the Capitol.” In the first line of the night that might be considered a joke, Colbert said, “It’s like Black Power but it’s the opposite. There really should be a name for it. And obviously he has to keep his fist closed, because if he opened it, you would see all the blood on his hands.
Then the host took Fox News. “Do you think years of peddling his conspiracy theories have something to do with this?” Colbert asked, mocking the network for claiming that its “news” and “opinion” sides are different. Like the “lubricated catheters” they sell during commercial breaks, he said, “You know where you can stick your excuses and you can skip the lubrication.”
Colbert’s even longer-than-usual monologue continued for another 10 minutes, as he tore President Trump apart for pretending to support “law and order” while encouraging his minions to violently overtake the US Capitol. “For the record, if I said that, I would be arrested for inciting a riot,” he said. “But of course you can’t stop the president … for another 15 days.”
“Now, I’ve said it before, violence is the last refuge of the incompetent,” Colbert later said. “And if the last four years have taught us anything, it’s that there are a lot of incompetent people in our leadership.
Looking ahead to 2022, “when all those Republicans, who, make no mistake, are responsible for what happened today and are running for re-election,” he said, “let’s remember us from them for whom they’ve shown themselves today: cowardly cynics who believe that voters shouldn’t have a chance to choose who rules this country. Hopefully the voters will prove them all wrong.
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