Robert Mueller’s report may have been good news for President Donald Trump but Stephen Colbert remembers the bad things, too.
After years of waiting for Robert Mueller to submit his report on possible collusion between the Russian government and President Donald Trump’s campaign, we finally heard from the special counsel’s office. The news was celebrated by Trump and his supporters and was a little hard to swallow for critics like Stephen Colbert.
Colbert’s coverage of Trump has helped The Late Show top the late night ratings over its less political competitor The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Helping his case has been Colbert’s seemingly nightly breakdowns of the latest hints about what Robert Mueller was uncovering. Colbert seemed to be taunting President Trump much to the delight of his audience.
And while the president isn’t necessarily out of the woods yet, Mueller’s report apparently found no evidence of collusion. That news had to be surprising for Stephen Colbert. If you’re a late night fan then you surely wanted to hear what Colbert had to say on Monday night’s Late Show. Colbert responded by serving a friendly reminder that collusion or not, we’re still dealing with Donald Trump as president.
Whether it is part of an act or not, Colbert looks and sounds a little defeated when delivering the news about Mueller’s report. It is certainly a strong contrast from the confidence with which he delivered joke after joke about Trump inevitably getting caught for collusion.
And just when you thought that maybe, just maybe, Colbert would issue an apology for jumping to a conclusion, he instead sticks to the guns. Collusion or not, Colbert thinks Trump is a terrible president. The Mueller report wasn’t going to change what has made The Late Show rise in the ratings.
So Colbert questioned everything from Bill Barr’s appointment to the Russian government response. He even hit one of his favorite topics: Trump’s hypocrisy. Trump apparently now respects Robert Mueller and his findings despite constantly calling it a witch hunt by angry democrats.
From hypocrisy, Colbert moves on to Trump’s lies. It is a subject that he has gone over again again, as has the rest of late night and new shows. And if Trump being a liar wasn’t enough, Colbert reminds his audience of all the other things that make Donald Trump a bad president.
If you’re a fan of Stephen Colbert and have been watching The Late Show consistently for the past two years, then this response was no surprise. Yes, Colbert was clearly disappointed but using his trademark style he made sure that we don’t forget there is more to Trump’s presidency than just the collusion investigation. There are still a number of investigations and scandals from the White House that Colbert can continue to use for material. Stay tuned.