Stephen Colbert: Maybe Jeff Sessions Invoked ‘White Privilege’ To Dodge Questions

On the Late Show Tuesday, host Stephen Colbert dedicated his monologue to the testimony of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “America’s favorite new reality T.V. show: So you think you could testify about Russia,” he joked, while also mocking the Senator’s Keebler elf-esque demeanor. “Everyone had the same question, ‘are you now or have you ever hidden any pots of gold?” The comedian soon dug into weightier matters including perhaps the hearing’s most controversial moment when Sessions declined to answer questions about his personal conversations with Trump despite the latter not invoking executive privilege. Colbert played footage of Sessions saying he only recalled that he “did depart” a meeting with Trump at some time in the past. “We know you departed Attorney General Sherlock. Why won’t you tell us any part of the conversation?” asked Colbert. “You’re not answering even though the president hasn’t claimed executive privilege and Continue reading "Stephen Colbert: Maybe Jeff Sessions Invoked ‘White Privilege’ To Dodge Questions"

‘Please Resign’: Stephen Colbert Calls on Donald Trump to Step Down After Russia Intel Disaster

Yesterday’s bombshell news that President Donald Trump reportedly leaked highly classified information to the Russian government shook the political world. Naturally, the news didn’t go unnoticed by late night talkers — chief among them Stephen Colbert. On the most recent taping of The Late Show, Colbert officially asked Trump to leave office. “I have something to say here. Donald Trump, if you’re watching, you’re a bad president, please resign.” The line drew sustained applause from Colbert’s audience. In addition to the imbroglio over classified intelligence, Colbert also took the president to task over his threat to cancel the daily White House press briefing and replacing it with a bi-monthly press conference which he could personally direct. Colbert could not contain his amusement at the notion. “They’re always such fountains of eloquence and bastions of dignity. What would we make jokes about the next day,” he said with evident sarcasm. Continue reading "‘Please Resign’: Stephen Colbert Calls on Donald Trump to Step Down After Russia Intel Disaster"

‘This is What’s Wrong With Washington D.C’: Colbert Slams Plans to Sell Internet Browsing History

The knives were out on last night’s edition of the Late Show. Host Stephen Colbert took aim at the recent passage of a bill through the House and Senate that would allow Internet providers to sell private user data without their consent. “Anybody here use the Internet?” Colbert queried his audience. “Might want to knock that off. Congress has now voted to allow internet providers to sell your web browsing history” Colbert said he had gone one step further. “I’ve got nothing to hide, I burned my computer this morning.” Joking (but not really) the late night host then moved in for the kill suggesting that the bill was emblematic of everything wrong in government. “This is what’s wrong with Washington D.C,” he said. “I guarantee you there is not one person, not one voter of any political stripe anywhere in America who asked for this.” Continue reading "‘This is What’s Wrong With Washington D.C’: Colbert Slams Plans to Sell Internet Browsing History"

Colbert: Trump Administration Like ‘A Dog Who Spent His Whole Life Chasing a Car’

On Tuesday, Stephen Colbert used his opening monologue on The Late Show to poke fun at paranoia reportedly gripping The Trump White House. “Paranoia has seized the Trump White House,” said Colbert. “I’m surprised. I thought Russia was going to seize it.” Colbert cited a Politico article which suggested staffers were so frightened they were being spied on by a deep state, that some had taken to storing their work phones in drawers after office hours. “This paranoia is just the frustration every new administration has with Washington D.C. It happens every time. You went to Washington, you went to work for Trump because you wanted to tear down the government. Now you have to deal with it. Now you are the government,” suggested the comedian. Colbert then used an analogy to try and explain what was going on. “It’s like a dog who spent his whole life Continue reading "Colbert: Trump Administration Like ‘A Dog Who Spent His Whole Life Chasing a Car’"

Mark Halperin Tells Colbert: ‘I Daydream About What if Nixon or JFK had Twitter’

John Heilemann and Mark Halperin took a moment away from The Circus to stop by the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. With the future of Obamacare on the line and Donald Trump’s allegations of illegal wiretapping from his predecessor, Barack Obama, there was ample fare for discussion.

“I’ve traveled the country a lot since [Trump] got elected,” said Halperin. “There are people who are hopeful and optimistic and think this is the kind of change we need and there are people — adults — who say to me, ‘this is the worst thing that’s happened in my life.'”

While both guests and Colbert expressed skepticism over the president’s wiretapping claims, Heilemann explained why he felt the charge was so grave.

“The President of the United States should be taken seriously and literally,” he said. “When he’s on Twitter and he’s saying things he saying, those are public pronouncements Continue reading "Mark Halperin Tells Colbert: ‘I Daydream About What if Nixon or JFK had Twitter’"

‘I’ve Actually Muted the President on Twitter’: Anderson Cooper Tells Stephen Colbert How he Manages Trump Tweets

Anderson Cooper took the stage last night as a guest of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert where he made the surprising admission that he personally no longer has interest in President Donald Trump’s Twitter account. ‘I’ve actually muted the president on Twitter,’ he said to laughter. “Don’t tell him.” “You just said that you mute the president of the United States,” said Colbert in semi-disbelief. “I just don’t want to have that drama in my life,” replied Cooper — maybe half jokingly. “I just want to be calm.” Cooper then weighed in more forcefully, saying that constant tweet reporting has become a “large distraction” but that it was a legitimately fascinating view into the president’s state of mine. “This is like a real-time seismograph of the inner workings of the president’s head,” said Cooper. “He’s like a live wire of emotion. We had to wait for decades Continue reading "‘I’ve Actually Muted the President on Twitter’: Anderson Cooper Tells Stephen Colbert How he Manages Trump Tweets"

Late Night Joe: Scarborough Admits That Trump’s First Month ‘Makes It Harder to Call Him Mr. President’

Joe Scarborough of MSNBC’s Morning Joe traded in his A.M. coffee for some late night laughs Tuesday, appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to discuss the current state of affairs in Trump’s America. But while the former Republican Congressman certainly revers the office of the President — going as far as to say he cheered when Bill Clinton took the oath of office — he noted carefully that much of Trump’s erratic first month has made it hard to recognize he’s actually the President. “The way he’s acted over the past month,” offered Scarborough to Colbert Tuesday, “has made it even harder to call him Mr. President.” Scarborough continued, playing to the liberal crowd inside the Ed Sullivan Theater with talking points that have bipartisan appeal in our unique political climate. “When you have a President of the United States that questions judicial review, and questions Continue reading "Late Night Joe: Scarborough Admits That Trump’s First Month ‘Makes It Harder to Call Him Mr. President’"