Stephen Colbert rips GOP for supporting Trump’s election conspiracies

President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) /

Despite their lack of evidence, Stephen Colbert still sees Republicans supporting President Trump’s election fraud claims

It didn’t take Republicans long to ruin Stephen Colbert’s election celebration. The day after he popped champagne over President Donald Trump’s defeat, the Late Show host was taking on the GOP over baseless claims of election fraud.

Monday night was a party on The Late Show as Stephen Colbert toasted President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. And while he acknowledged that America’s problems were far from solved, Colbert did take time to breathe a sigh of relief and consider a world where Donald Trump doesn’t dominate the country’s attention.

But President Trump and his Republican allies are slowing down the transition process and preventing a full-blown celebration for their critics. The White House continues to cry foul about the election and mail-in ballots despite a lack of evidence. Major GOP members have either yet to speak out or given the Trump administration the go-ahead to continue searching for evidence.

Last night on The Late Show, Colbert’s monologue looked at how Republican election lawsuits have failed but that hasn’t stopped the political party from trying to overturn Joe Biden’s victory. Colbert goes on to condemn those Republicans indulging President Trump.

Stephen Colbert calls Republicans going along with President Trump’s denial dangerous

Perhaps Stephen Colbert could see the comedy in this situation if it was just President Donald Trump refusing to accept reality. Other late night shows certainly took the opportunity to mock the delusions. 

But seeing Senator Mitch McConnell, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and others validate President Trump’s gripes turns the situation dangerous, says Colbert. The Late Show host also notes how un-American the whole thing feels.

Colbert gives special attention to Attorney General Bill Barr. Barr has a demonstrated history of acting in President Trump’s best interests rather than keeping the Department of Justice independent. Here, Colbert rips Barr for a memo authorizing investigations into election irregularities despite not seeing any evidence of wrongdoing. Colbert compares it to the DOJ chasing down urban legends from the internet or a scene from The Godfather 2.

For Colbert, there is some comfort in seeing the GOP go 0-for-10 in lawsuits so far. It won’t deter Team Trump from trying more angles or legal maneuvers. So while the danger is still there, Colbert is counting down the days until President Trump and his enablers are officially gone.

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