Stephen Colbert on Donald Trump’s press conference: ‘We elected a mess’ (Video)

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Stephen Colbert was among the late night hosts to react to the rambling press conference that Donald Trump gave on Thursday.

When Donald Trump gave his first solo press conference as President of the United States, we didn’t know what to expect. That’s become a theme in this administration’s short time in power, and it has made for great late night television commentary.

Even Jimmy Fallon went a little harder in the paint than he’s used to going when it came to addressing Trump’s presser. As for the Late Show host, he was left at a loss of words.

“You’re going to want to use a spoon to get every drop of the crazy,” Colbert said. “It’s kind of hard to characterize the press conference — words fail me.”

That wasn’t the best roast that Colbert threw out while addressing whatever the hell it was that happened with Trump’s presser. The rambling 77-minute affair featured textbook Trump-isms and question dodging. At one point, the President silenced a Jewish reporter who was asking a question he deemed to be ‘complicated’ and ‘mean’.

The reporter was asking about what Trump would be doing to quell anti-Semitic sentiment that seems to be festering in certain pockets of the country.

But the headline moment of the presser came when Trump insisted that he inherited a mess from President Obama. This little nugget sent Colbert off.

“No, you inherited a fortune, we elected a mess,” Colbert emphatically stated to his studio audience, “for the record.”

Colbert is riding high recently, having beaten out Jimmy Fallon in ratings for the first time since September 2015. That’s back when Late Show made the switch from David Letterman to Colbert, so it’s safe to say it has been a while since Colbert was on top.

The question now is whether or not relentless Trump trolling is turning the tide in his favor or was that just a lucky week?

You can watch the full monologue below and pick your own best moments out of it:

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