With Donald Trump ignoring United States allies by dropping out of the Iran deal, Stephen Colbert took to The Late Show to offer his response.
We just knew Stephen Colbert would have something to say about this…
Yesterday, Donald Trump made a shocking announcement on television by saying he was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal. It’s getting him a lot of flak, but the president says he’s sticking with the decision because he keeps his promises. Or, as Colbert jokes on last night’s Late Show, Trump’s lawyer keeps them on his behalf, though he gets paid back “eventually.”
“What are you talking about? You literally just backed out of an American promise,” Colbert laments. “That’s like saying, ‘I’m no longer denying my alcoholism. Let’s drink to that!'” Colbert takes the joke a step further by miming himself consuming lots of alcohol.
Colbert explains how Trump’s reasoning is that, under these apparent restrictions with the deal, Iran could still eventually build a nuke. “And the solution is to lift the restrictions so they can start immediately?” Colbert asks. He compares the situation to a new stepfather grounding his stepson by locking him in the basement with his friends and all of the liquor and weed.
Finally, Colbert also points to Trump mentioning how the deal essentially will expire in ten years under something known as the “sunset clause.” What that equates to is Trump killing the deal now because it has an expiration date later. “We might as well flush Mr. Fluffers down the toilet now,” Colbert imitates Trump as saying to a small child, noting how the hamster will eventually die anyway.
You can watch the monologue in the YouTube video below.
If a nuclear war is coming, and hopefully it’s not, at least Colbert will keep us entertained from now until then. Tune in when The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. EST on CBS.