Stephen Colbert catches Trump in another lie about his 2020 rally

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert during Wednesday's 10/19/16 taping in New York. Photo: Scott Kowalchyk/CBS ©2016CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert during Wednesday's 10/19/16 taping in New York. Photo: Scott Kowalchyk/CBS ©2016CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. /

Stephen Colbert found that not much has changed about President Trump since 2016 including his crowd sizes.

President Donald Trump officially launched his 2020 reelection campaign in Orlando, Florida. In doing so, he also launched a new wave of material for late night shows like The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

The Late Show joined others like Jimmy Kimmel Live! previewing the rally on Tuesday night, knowing that monologues basically write themselves when President Trump is in front of a microphone. When the event did kickoff, it didn’t disappoint comedians like Stephen Colbert who were free to pick through the many bizarre comments and false statements delivered by the president.

Colbert especially couldn’t help but notice how similar the Trump 2020 campaign is to the Trump 2016 campaign. The same promises and the same phrases were repeated instead of any clear policy ideas. It was something that The Daily Show with Trevor Noah also noticed and put together a nice side-by-side comparison.

Prior to the event, we heard that the 25,000 arena was sold out and that accommodations were being made for the additional 75,000 people expected to show up and watch from outside. Colbert, being aware of how Trump exaggerates his support and crowd sizes, decided to see for himself and sent a camera crew down to Orlando. Safe to say that some of those attendance forecasts were a bit off:

For Colbert, it seems as if it is easier for Team Trump to keep playing the hits rather than come up with new material. The Mueller investigation is a card the president will likely play often to explain why he couldn’t get everything done that he wanted and why he “deserves” another term. Colbert doesn’t seem too worried that this strategy will work against Democrats but he can’t know how voters will respond.

The crowd size was never going to reach the numbers that were announced. Even Fox News has reported that Trump’s support in Florida is declining so it would be a stretch to think 100,000 people would show up to hear the same things they’ve heard a hundred times before.

Colbert learned his lesson from the inauguration and was probably eager to capitalize the next time Trump promised huge crowds. So his camera crew exposed the truth that A. there were not 75,000 watching outside and B. the rally was not a sold-out event. If his two correspondents could buy tickets online minutes before the start, then it wasn’t exactly the biggest deal in Orlando that night.

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Fans will want to tune in to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight to see the full report from Colbert’s fake news anchors. These types of bits aren’t common on the show so it will be interesting to see how it turned out. If President Trump isn’t bringing anything new to the table, then The Late Show will.