Stephen Colbert got emotional while discussing Donald Trump’s fascism

Trump Addresses the Nation on the Election Results

I enjoy Stephen Colbert even if I’ve never been entirely sold on the idea that he’s a good host of The Late Show? Like, I enjoy him and I think he’s a good guy, but I generally think there are better hosts out there. I didn’t mean to start this out by insulting Colbert or anything, I was trying to say… I’m fine with him, for the most part. I’ve never really watched a clip of his work on The Late Show and thought “this is one of the best things I’ve ever seen.” Until now. This is one of the best statements/monologues about what is happening in America right now, with a fascist nominally in charge and trying to subvert democracy. Colbert builds an excellent case for Republicans rejecting Donald Trump right now:

Colbert recorded this shortly after Donald Trump’s lunatic speech in the White House press briefing room and he chokes up at one point. Colbert has bracketed the Trump Era with these live shows – he was live on Election Night in 2016, and he had to react in real time to the fact that Trump was winning. And now four years later, he had to rip up his monologue and attempt to call out the weakness and fascism of the Republican party for failing to repudiate Donald Trump. It’s not light entertainment. It’s not supposed to be.

(That being said, this week has been so bonkers, I’ve laughed at how stupid the Republicans are. I choose to laugh instead of succumbing to feelings of hopelessness. In 2016, most of us knew how bad it would get under Trump, and we weren’t wrong. If anything, it’s been worse than we ever could have imagined. But his fascist fat ass is still being sent packing, so brighten up.)

Trump Addresses the Nation on the Election Results

Screencaps courtesy of CBS.

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  1. Amelie says:

    I watched this last night on Youtube not long after it was posted. It summed up in so many ways what I have been unable to express to people who voted for Trump in 2016, to people who voted for him again, and the fact that it’s such a tight race when it shouldn’t be. I know certain family members of mine who live in Florida/South Carolina who most likely voted for him. I wanted to post this video to my timeline to explain to the few Trumpers in my “circle” why I no longer wish to associate myself with them… but I’ve refrained because nothing I do or say will ever get through.

    Also I think Stephen is actually one of the better late night hosts. He and Conan are my faves.

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      I watched this last night, too, as I was waiting for my dad to be seen in the ER. I started crying. It so resonated with the way I think, what I’m feeling. People were asking if I was ok, and I told them just watch; I turned up the sound and turned my iPad around. There were quite a few sniffles besides my own in that room.

  2. Moxylady says:

    I’m frightened to watch. I can watch if Biden wins. Nails it down. Wins. I can’t watch until then. I can’t function until then.

    • Nikki* says:

      My entire extended family (except evil MIL) is in this same frame of mind, Moxylady. Even the THREE YEAR OLD keeps asking if the bad selfish leader is gone yet! :O

  3. Wiglet Watcher says:

    He makes a great point that everyone that stood with Trump can now also safely turn on Trump. To just do it, but they won’t. Not until they have to for self preservation.

    And I don’t think any of us actually knew how bad it could be under trump. He was Russia’s useful idiot. He was a former registered dem. Not a single one of us could have predicted all the hell that has unfolded over the last 4 years.

    • atorontogal says:

      Some republicans have already turned on him. And over here in Canada we knew exactly what kind of shit show was about to rain down when this moron was elected. Why there isn’t a more stringent process of who can run for the most important position in the country is beyond me! Why can someone with no political experience, nor any understanding of policies and laws run for office?

  4. Lutfia Shetula says:

    I am not surprised by his behavior, it doesn’t make me sad because it’s predictable racist misogynistic, xenophobic behavior. It’s the behavior that is necessary to justify any illegal act to usurp justice. It’s disgusting that so many people voted for him in the first place and those people would do the very same to get what they want in their little life bubble

  5. bluemoonhorse says:

    Unfortunately there are a lot of voting people who are firmly in Trump’s camp. I’m excited about this win but I also know there is still a lot of work to do and Colbert isn’t winning them over. He’s preaching to the choir. The GOP lost their dignity and belief in Democracy a long, long time ago. And their followers eat up like gravy.

  6. Frida_K says:

    I love this monologue. It made me weep, but I felt like he was speaking for me and to me. I know I’m not alone in this reaction.

    It’s a perfect summation of the last horrible gasps of a thwarted aspirant dictator who is bent on destroying the United States of America. Stephen Colbert said what needed to be said.

    Thank you, Stephen Colbert!

  7. smee says:

    I love Mr. Colbert, but I can see where maybe the “youngs” don’t (I’m an “olds”)

    He’s very talented and totally sees what is going on in this country. While some (50%, apparently) think they’re supporting “America” they’re actually supporting authoritarianism. He’s been sounding the alarm bell about this for the past four years.

    I found his video very moving.

  8. heygingersnaps says:

    I’m a big fan of Stephen Colbert. This brought tears to my eye.

  9. olliesmom says:

    I watched this live last night and I cried.

  10. Daphne says:

    Stephen is my forever boyfriend and celebrity crush. He is the only host and comedian I can handle on a daily basis I since 2016. He is quick on his feet, strikes the balance of humor and sincerity, and makes you feel like you’re not crazy for caring about what is happening to our country. I watch him and democracy now.