As President Donald Trump passed off his Colorado border wall comment as a joke, Stephen Colbert reminded him that impeachment is no laughing matter.
On Thursday night’s The Late Show, Stephen Colbert showed how the more ridiculous the defense of President Donald Trump gets, the more serious impeachment becomes. And after Republicans tried to storm an impeachment hearing, it’s clear that the inquiry is no joke.
The situation may be serious but that didn’t mean that Stephen Colbert had to leave the jokes behind. After all, he was just following Trump’s lead. The President tweeted out an explanation that his claim about building a border wall in Colorado was a joke. Trump’s past struggles with geography combined with his inability to admit to mistakes would suggest it wasn’t a joke. But comedian to comedian, Colbert was willing to give him a pass.
It was a different story for Republicans led by Florida Representative Matt Gaetz. Gaetz led a group of about two dozen GOP lawmakers in attempting to take over an impeachment hearing lead by California Representative Adam Schiff.
The stunt was largely mocked and considered transparent in its effort to only appease President Trump. Colbert saw the spectacle as proof that Republicans can no longer legitimately defend Trump as the severity of his actions become more and more apparent.
Colbert brutally teases the Republicans who participated in the not-so-300-esque “storming” of the impeachment deposition. The Late Show hosts points out that 12 of them were allowed in the room yet still chose to make a scene along with Gaetz.
As Colbert makes obvious, it is easy to mock Trump’s supporters and allies who resort to these kind of maneuvers. The same goes for Fox and Friends hosts who try to ignore the laws or twist facts to make Democrats seem out of line. Colbert does this in an absurd way that is designed to prove how serious the impeachment situation has become.
And that, ultimately, has been the goal of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. It’s made clear at the start of the monologue when Colbert joins “the darkness already in progress.” No one will look back on these times fondly regardless of the outcome or side of the argument. But to get through it, Colbert is making us laugh without ignore the magnitude of what is happening.
Stephen Colbert has already proven that he’s the perfect late night host for 2019. As the impeachment story becomes more and more serious and the actions of Team Trump become more ridiculous, Colbert will continue to come through for his Late Show audience.