Stephen Colbert had a clear message to Americans after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
Two and a half years of scandals, accusations, and controversies surrounding President Donald Trump finally reached a tipping point yesterday. The House announced plans for an impeachment inquiry that makes the future unclear for both Trump and the country. Stephen Colbert’s advice? Buckle up.
It is no secret that Colbert has been calling for impeachment proceedings for some time now. The Late Show host has used his criticism and mockery of the President to help secure the number one show in late night, dispelling any concern about “Trump fatigue.”
But now it look like Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats are the ones tired of President Trump. His latest scandal involving allegations he pressured Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden has resulted in an official impeachment inquiry.
The inquiry means that lawmakers will investigate Trump to find evidence worthy of impeachment. The House will then vote on articles of impeachment, which if passed will result in a a trial in the Senate.
It means that this is just the first step in a long process. It’s also a step that people like Stephen Colbert have been demanding for a long time.
If Democrats need any help on where to start their investigation, Colbert has some leads he thinks are worth checking out. This monologue certainly wasn’t the first time Colbert took to listing President Trump’s alleged crimes, scandals and shady behavior.
Showing the clip of Pelosi announcing the inquiry received an expected reaction from the Late Show audience. Colbert likely had a similar reaction when he saw the news but still, Trump’s leading late night critic stuck to his message of “buckle up.”
Colbert acknowledges that this is a historic moment for the country. The Senate’s unanimous call to see the whistleblower’s report signals that the issue may finally be one that goes beyond political party. Still, how each side interprets the report and any other evidence can lead to the two sides butting heads. Remember: buckle up.
This latest chapter in President Donald Trump’s time in office is just getting started. It is probably best that we all follow Stephen Colbert’s advice and buckle up for what could be a long, bumpy ride.