Stephen Colbert calls out Republicans over Trump’s Doral decision

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. /

Stephen Colbert returned from his one week vacation to question Republican reaction to President Donald Trump wanting to host the G7 at his resort.

Late night’s number one host finally returned on Monday night. After taking a week off, Stephen Colbert was back on The Late Show covering everything he missed while away. A few days off meant that Colbert had time to work out just what he wanted to say to Republican lawmakers after the Doral debacle.

Colbert spent the week in New Zealand, accepting an invitation to the country from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Fans will have to wait to see how long before they get to see the footage that Colbert and the Late Show crew filmed. Safe to say it will be heavy on the Lord of the Rings content.

Back in the U.S., Colbert chose to examine the fallout from President Trump deciding first to hold next year’s G7 summit at the Trump National Doral Golf Course and then deciding to cancel that plan after facing immense backlash.

However, not everyone was against the idea of Doral including those in the Republican Party. Some came to Trump’s defense and applauded the idea. But when Trump then reversed course, those Republicans were left hanging. Colbert had something to say to those Republicans as well as those who were never on board with Trump’s plan.

Colbert doesn’t let President Trump off without taking any blame. As the comedian points out, even Trump’s tweet announcing the G7 would not take place at Doral sounded like a commercial for Doral. Colbert isn’t buying Trump’s excuse that he would not have profited from the event or that he wanted the promotion.

According to reports, it was the lack of total Republican support that led President Trump to cancel his plans for Doral. That may be why he was so upset during his 71-minute press conference in which he plugged Doral, compared himself to George Washington, and questioned Barack Obama’s Netflix deal.

It is obvious that Colbert does not applaud those Republicans who pushed back against Trump over Doral. Many of those Republicans supported the President through much worse controversies or questionable decisions. In the big picture, holding the G7 at Doral isn’t on the same level as those past transgressions.

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Stephen Colbert will no doubt be keeping an eye on whether Republicans continue to stand up to President Trump over controversial decisions in the future. That may be wishful thinking based on past trends. And even if they don’t, The Late Show certainly will.