Stephen Colbert: Trump can’t rewrite history on his coronavirus record

Stephen Colbert (Photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images for 2019 Montclair Film Festival )
Stephen Colbert (Photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images for 2019 Montclair Film Festival ) /

Stephen Colbert argued that the American people won’t forget President Donald Trump’s pandemic response no matter what he says.

The COVID-19 pandemic will have its place in the history books. And according to Stephen Colbert, the history of this event won’t be too kind to President Donald Trump no matter how badly he wants to rewrite the story.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert has long wondered how history will remember the Trump White House. Whether it has been the president’s treatment of the press, his impeachment, or his handling of the pandemic, Colbert has made it clear the Donald Trump era won’t be remembered fondly.

Sensing that many issues are being blamed on him, President Trump has attempted to change the narrative around his administration’s response to the novel coronavirus. His press briefings have been more contentious as reporters challenge his version of events.

It is a strategy that Donald Trump has used in the past. But in this particular case, it won’t work says Stephen Colbert. Once again, the Late Show monologue was dedicated to calling out what Colbert called more lies from the White House.

Colbert isn’t the only one to point out that President Trump’s press briefings have substituted for his rallies. The problem is that his rallies didn’t feature members of the press questioning him or using his quotes against him. That has resulted in what Colbert calls “hissy fit meltdowns.”

Colbert’s mock list of President Trump’s actions during February was one of The Late Show‘s better monologue bits on the subject. It was a clever way to take a few shots at the president over past incidents while hammering home Colbert’s point that COVID-19 was not taken seriously.

President Trump acting as if his words aren’t recorded has been a common theme in late night during his time in office. Colbert and other comedians have repeatedly been able to mock President Trump by using his own words against him. There seems to be a clip for just about every occasion and the president downplaying the novel coronavirus in February is Colbert’s latest example.

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Going forward, it will be interesting to see if Stephen Colbert takes the advice of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and ignores President Trump’s press briefings. It may be a better source of comedy than information but watching isn’t good for Colbert’s mindstate. For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website or the website for your state’s Department of Health.