Stephen Colbert had a strong reaction to reports that President Donald Trump is removing anyone disloyal to him from the government.
At this point, there is almost nothing President Donald Trump can do that will get approval from Stephen Colbert. There are only varying levels of condemnation from the Late Show host. The latest reports on a “loyalty purge” in the government have put Colbert’s scale to the test.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert has become the leading voice of dissent in the late night landscape. On everything from immigration and gun control to food habits and TV shows, Colbert opposes everything President Trump supports.
According to reports, President Trump is now looking for people who, like Colbert, disagree with him. The issue is that he is looking around the government, purging people deemed disloyal in his eyes.
The language used to cover the firing of certain government officials is pretty severe. It’s not something the public is used to hearing when it comes to the American government. In his monologue, Colbert tried to convey that seriousness while also adding the humor fans have come to expect from The Late Show.
Seconds after introducing the story to his audience, Colbert compares it to Soviet Russia. It shouldn’t be all that surprising to Colbert that President Trump would draw inspiration from that era. After all, The Late Show has been covering President Trump’s affinity for Russia for years now.
As always, Colbert is able to find what is funny about an otherwise grave matter. In this case, it’s the hiring of 23-year-old college senior James Bacon to lead the purge. It sets up Colbert’s bit and another in a long line of The Late Show exclusive interviews with members of the Trump administration.
Earlier in the monologue, Colbert covered the story that former White House physician Ronny Jackson hid vegetables in President Trump’s food to improve his diet. President Trump better hope that James Bacon is better at finding disloyal officials than he is at finding what’s in his dinner.
The longer Donald Trump stays in the White House, the more he does to shock Stephen Colbert. Short of resignation, there looks like nothing President Trump can do to win the approval of the Late Show host.