Stephen Colbert dismisses President Trump after bizarre, aggressive speeches

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (Photo: Scott Kowalchyk/CBS)
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Stephen Colbert pointed to two speeches by President Trump as proof that he won’t change his ways.

Just because everyone knew that President Donald Trump would be acquitted doesn’t mean that everyone knows what will happen next. But for anyone suggesting President Trump has learned his lesson and will change his ways, Stephen Colbert would like to have a word.

President Trump’s acquittal in his impeachment trial was by no means a surprise. Republican support for the president was obvious regardless of the evidence, calls for a fair trial, or the opinion of a majority of Americans.

And for late night television fans, the case has been made clear for weeks and months. Shows like Late Night with Seth Meyers and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert have ramped up the intensity when it comes to calling out the Republican Party.

Some Republicans are among those who have suggested that President Trump will turn over a new leaf following the impeachment trial. The thought is that he now knows the limits of his power and what is acceptable behavior.

Stephen Colbert offered a rebuttal to that theory on Thursday night’s Late Show. And per usual, any point Colbert makes about President Trump comes with supporting evidence provided by…President Trump.

Colbert starts making his case by recapping President Trump’s at the National Prayer Breakfast, an annual event that has taken place in Washington, D.C. since 1953. President Trump is known for politicizing every event he attends and frequently going off topic when speaking. It was more of the same as Colbert sarcastically admitted that President Trump was humbled by his impeachment.

When it was his turn to speak at the Prayer Breakfast, President Trump contradicted the theme of the event and dismissed the message of the previous speaker. If President Trump was so quick to make the National Prayer Breakfast about himself and his acquittal then Colbert isn’t buying the “lesson learned” argument.

If anyone need more proof, then Colbert submitted evidence from President Trump’s White House speech on Thursday. Some called it a “victory lap” while Colbert went with “pity party” instead. Regardless of what you call it, the Late Show host described it as bizarre, far from presidential, and with lower standards than CBS.

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It is far too late in Donald Trump’s presidency and life for that matter to expect him to change his behavior. Throughout his time in the White House, late night hosts like Stephen Colbert have documented President Trump’s refusal to acknowledge mistakes or respect how the government should operate. For Colbert, President Trump’s acquittal is much more likely to convince himself he’s right than teach him a lesson.