Stephen Colbert gets emotional reacting to Trump’s election attack

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Stephen Colbert threw out his monologue and spoke from the heart after hearing President Donald Trump’s press briefing

After four years, Stephen Colbert and see and heard just about everything from President Donald Trump and never cracked. But now, with President Trump’s time in office appearing to dwindle, the Late Show host reached his breaking point.

As more mail-in ballots have been counted in key states such as Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Georgia, former Vice President Joe Biden has moved closer to winning the White House. It is a result that President Trump cannot accept and, along with his family and allies, has tried to discredit using baseless claims of fraud and conspiracy.

Stephen Colbert and other late night hosts saw this coming. For years, months, and weeks they have warned that President Trump would not willingly give up power. They watched as he attempted to discredit mail-in ballots, influence the post office, and spread disinformation.

Knowing all that didn’t make it any less shocking and depressing for Colbert. Last night on The Late Show, the host threw out his planned monologue and instead spoke passionately in response to President Trump’s Thursday night press briefing. It was an emotional moment from Colbert and one we haven’t seen often on The Late Show.

Stephen Colbert says now is the time to stand up to President Trump

It was jarring to see Stephen Colbert struggle to hold it together during his monologue. Dressing in all black started off as more of a bit than anything else but President Trump’s briefing made the outfit much more appropriate for the Late Show host.

Colbert has spent years calling out the Republican Party and those he sees as enabling President Trump. The comedian has never really expected anyone to speak out because of the political consequences that coming with President Trump turning his base against someone.

But if ever there was a time to take a stand, Colbert thinks we’ve reached that moment. President Trump is losing his grip on power so there appears to be less at stake by opposing him. Specifically, Colbert is looking for someone to defend American elections and democracy:

"So say something right now, Republicans. Not later. Right now. It’s in your best interest. You only survived this up until now because a lot of voters didn’t want to believe everything that was obivious to so many of us: that Donald Trump is a fascist. You need to choose: Donald Trump or the American people."

Colbert also refused to give President Trump any airtime on The Late Show. Instead, he followed his call to stand up to the president with another message for the American people. Echoing his sentiment prior to election day, Colbert encourages everyone to stay calm. Because even if the GOP doesn’t stand up to President Trump, the Late Show host is confident that the American people have.

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