Stephen Colbert: Trump’s hurricane tweets weren’t big on accuracy

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert during Thursday's March 7, 2019 show. Photo: Scott Kowalchyk/CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert during Thursday's March 7, 2019 show. Photo: Scott Kowalchyk/CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. /

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert returned from a two week break and immediately went after President Donald Trump.

The long wait for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to return finally ended Tuesday night. The CBS late night show kicked off its fifth season just how fans would expect: by mocking President Donald Trump.

Stephen Colbert and company will be looking to keep the momentum going in this new season. The show finished last season as the number one rated late night show, knocking off The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

And with his politics-focused show, Colbert will never be short on material. Between Trump’s White House and the 2020 election, there will always be something for The Late Show to cover in its unique voice.

As proof, Colbert was able to jump back into things on Tuesday night and pick up the story on Trump’s hurricane tweets. The President fired off over 120 tweets during the past weekend, many of them centered on Hurricane Dorian. The problem was that Trump’s hurricane tweets favored quantity over quality as Colbert explained.

Trump was corrected by the National Weather Service after he tweeted that Alabama was among the states that would be hit hard by Dorian. For a hurricane to affect the coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina as well as Alabama would be quite the storm given the geography of it all.

Colbert then reminds his audience that Trump can never admit an error or own up to a mistake. So instead of stepping out of the way and letting the National Weather Service handle the storm updates, Trump went with the “I used to be right” defense.

Colbert also picked up on what became a pretty popular story over the weekend: Trump claiming to never have heard of a category five hurricane. Many people were quick to point out there have been multiple category five hurricanes during Trump’s time in office. There are also several clips of Trump saying very similar things about the rarity of such storms.

The hurricane monologue ends with Colbert covering a report that Trump suggested dropping nuclear bombs on hurricanes to stop their movements. For Colbert, this strategy shows Trump doesn’t know how any hurricanes work, never mind category fives.

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We are entering the peak of hurricane season so hopefully those in charge are properly prepared for response and relief efforts. Stephen Colbert may be hoping that President Trump uses his experience with Hurricane Dorian to better familiarize himself with things like geography and weather reporting.