Stephen Colbert isn’t buying the motivation behind President Donald Trump’s announced ban on immigration.
Stephen Colbert has questioned the reasoning behind just about every decision made by President Donald Trump. A temporary ban on immigration is the latest incident that left the Late Show host scratching his head, especially considering the way the message was delivered.
President Trump took to Twitter to announce he would use an executive order to temporarily suspend immigration to the U.S. in order to contain COVID-19. The decision took many people by surprise and was immediately criticized.
Not surprisingly, Stephen Colbert is among those who took issue with President Trump’s decision. His monologue on Tuesday night was dedicated to ripping the plan and attempting to expose the real motivations behind restricting immigration.
We can add this immigration announcement to the long list of President Trump’s tweets that have made headlines. Whether you routinely watch The Late Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, or any other late night show, then you know how often these presidential tweets wind up in monologues. Here Colbert admits that it shouldn’t shock him yet he still can’t believe the president announced a massive policy change via Twitter.
This one is a bit different, however. Colbert isn’t mocking a spelling mistake or narcissistic boast but instead something he takes much more seriously. The Late Show host argues that President Trump is using the pandemic as a cover to enact policies he’s wanted in place since he took office.
Colbert questions the logic behind restricting immigration when the novel coronavirus is already in the U.S. and the number of cases in the country is higher than most others. And with not everyone going back to work, Colbert says it’s hard to justify protecting jobs.
President Trump’s tweet comes just a day after Colbert ripped him for supporting protests against social distancing. In that instance, President Trump once again took to Twitter to encourage his followers to act against the recommendations of health experts.
Colbert’s reaction to President Trump using Twitter to announce immigration policies reflects the comedian’s overall attitude towards the White House during the pandemic. He’s not entirely surprised by the incompetence but he still had hope that it would be different.
It looks like that cycle will continue for the foreseeable future. President Trump will do, say, or tweet something that stuns Stephen Colbert. The Late Show will cover it in a monologue yet hold out hope that logic and reason will have their day. Stay tuned.