Colbert: Did Donald Trump Just Cover for a Murderous Autocrat? Maybe He Did, Maybe He Didn’t

On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night, the host’s opening monologue mostly centered on Donald Trump‘s official statement released earlier in the day essentially letting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of the hook for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “Today, the president also pardoned Saudi Arabia,” said Colbert in the set-up. He gave the background briefly, noting the CIA was about to release a report blaming the Prince and that Trump jumped in front of it to say otherwise. He went through the statement. “It starts out with a calm, reassuring message,” said Colbert, before switching the mock Trump voice to quote the statement. “‘The world is a very dangerous place!'” “It is now! Apparently, you can kill a Washington Post journalist and the president don’t give a damn,” he said, “because Trump’s official presidential decision on who is is to blame for Continue reading "Colbert: Did Donald Trump Just Cover for a Murderous Autocrat? Maybe He Did, Maybe He Didn’t"

The Late Show Opens With Montage of Fox News Hosts Talking Emails… and Then NOT Talking Them

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night opened with a shot at Fox News hosts over how they reacted to the Hillary Clinton email scandal, and how they are reacting to Ivanka Trump‘s. Democrats pounced on the news that Ivanka Trump used a personal email account for some messages regarding official government business, quickly referring back to when Hillary Clinton sent classified national security information using an unsecured server and personal email account while Secretary of State. President Donald Trump made a huge issue of it during his campaign, and the chants of “Lock Her Up” have followed at MAGA rallies ever since. The premise of the clip, therefore, is that it’s hypocritical of the administration and their stenographers at Fox News to not be similarly outraged over Ivanka’s transgression. The montage features Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Jeanine Pirro in tirades over Hillary, then cuts to Continue reading "The Late Show Opens With Montage of Fox News Hosts Talking Emails… and Then NOT Talking Them"

Colbert Mocks Trump’s Slam on ‘Little Adam Schitt’: ‘What a Miserable Piece of Schiff’

Stephen Colbert kicked off the new week on The Late Show by running through a list of President Trump‘s most roast-able moments throughout the weekend. Of course, there was no way Colbert could pass up a chance to talk about Trump’s very juvenile (accidental?) insult for Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA). There’s been a lot of confusion lately since, as Colbert noted, many people couldn’t tell if Trump made a typo or a deliberate insult yesterday when he referred to the upcoming House Intelligence Committee chair as “Little Adam Schitt.” After Colbert pointed out the flaws in Trump’s broader swipe against Schiff, he delighted in the fact that POTUS’ insult gave him a free pass to say the word “shit” on air, and he decided to take full advantage of it. “Ugh, what a miserable piece of Schiff,” Colbert quipped. “According to network rules, I am only Continue reading "Colbert Mocks Trump’s Slam on ‘Little Adam Schitt’: ‘What a Miserable Piece of Schiff’"

Bill Maher Tries to Connect Comic Book Culture to Rise of Trump in Post Following Stan Lee’s Death

Coming as a surprise to absolutely no one, Bill Maher isn’t the biggest fan of comic book culture or the superhero genre. And he expressed his annoyance in a blog post about the reactions to Stan Lee‘s death. Lee is, of course, considered a legend of the industry and a creative visionary who helped inspire many storytellers who came after him. Maher opened his blog post “Adulting” thusly:
The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess. Someone on Reddit posted, “I’m so incredibly grateful I lived in a world that included Stan Lee.” Personally, I’m grateful I lived in a world that included oxygen and trees, but to each his own.
He acknowledges that he used to read and like comics when Continue reading "Bill Maher Tries to Connect Comic Book Culture to Rise of Trump in Post Following Stan Lee’s Death"

Trevor Noah on Mira Ricardel’s Departure: Is the White House ‘Running Out of People We Know to Fire?’

Late night host Trevor Noah brought up the White House’s latest staff move during his most recent show. On Wednesday, the news broke that following First Lady Melania Trump’s statement showing her displeasure at deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel, Ricardel will be transitioning out of her role. According to the statement sent out by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announcing the move, “Mira Ricardel will continue to support the President as she departs the White House to transition to a new role within the Administration.” The statement adds: “The President is grateful for Ms. Ricardel’s continued service to the American people and her steadfast pursuit of his national security priorities.” Speaking of the news on his latest show, Noah had some thoughts about Ricardel leaving as well as Mrs. Trump unexpected move. “Sweet lord, Melania does not mess around!” he said. “We barely hear Continue reading "Trevor Noah on Mira Ricardel’s Departure: Is the White House ‘Running Out of People We Know to Fire?’"

Colbert Mocks Trump’s Policy Time: ‘These are Things Your Brain Should Know’

First, there was executive time at the White House. Now, it seems there is also something called “policy time.” According to Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey, policy time “was installed earlier this year to help him focus on issues. A [Chief of Staff John] Kelly creation. It sometimes goes better than others.” The effort to get Trump to focus on policy was not lost on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, which quickly turned policy time into a kindershow complete with a catchy preschool-friendly tune. “Policy time, put down your phone these are things your brain should know,” a sunny voice sings in the clip that aired Wednesday night. “We know you would rather golf.” The scene then moves to giant food trying Continue reading "Colbert Mocks Trump’s Policy Time: ‘These are Things Your Brain Should Know’"

Colbert On Melania Wanting Staffer Fired: ‘It Is The Position Of This Office That The First Lady Will Cut A Bitch’

Stephen Colbert took on the news that First Lady Melania Trump today called for the firing of deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel in his opening monologue Tuesday night, with some hilarious references to past FLOTUS stories. “I assume Melania’s doing it with her traditional goodbye gift, a jacket that says ‘U don’t really work here anymore, do U?'” he joked, referring to the controversy over the jacket she wore when boarding a plane after visiting migrant children detained at the border. “Apparently the first lady’s team suspect Ms. Ricardel is behind some negative stories about Mrs. Trump and her staff,” he said. “Although, an anonymous inside source is quoted as saying ‘no I’m not. I Continue reading "Colbert On Melania Wanting Staffer Fired: ‘It Is The Position Of This Office That The First Lady Will Cut A Bitch’"