Stephen Colbert on Trump’s pointless attempt to bully Mike Pence

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) /

Stephen Colbert responded to President Donald Trump calling on Vice President Mike Pence to reject the election results

Vice President Mike Pence is facing pressure from President Donald Trump to reject the 2020 presidential election results today when Congress meets to certify the results. But as Stephen Colbert’s monologue explained, it’s actually an easy decision for Vice President Pence despite the bullying attempts by his boss.

President Trump’s legal efforts to overturn the results have failed and President-elect Joe Biden remains on track to take over the White House later this month. After being unable to uncover significant evidence of voter fraud or conspiracies, the president is now turning to Vice President in (another) last-ditch effort to remain in power.

During his rally in Georgia, President Trump publicly called on Vice President Pence to “come through” and block certification. The bad news for President Trump is that the vice president does not have the power to do that, meaning pressuring Vice President Pence is useless.

Last night on The Late Show, Stephen Colbert spent his monologue explaining the situation Mike Pence is in today. Colbert also commented on why, despite being pointless, President Trump’s bullying attempt is another indication of his views on democracy:

Stephen Colbert explains how the vice president’s role in certifying the election results is purely ceremonial. It’s a hard pill for President Trump to swallow as he tweeted that Vice President Pence could reject “fraudulent” results.

But as The Late Show, news outlets, and government officials have all said, this was not a fraudulent election. Donald Trump lost fair and square.

Stephen Colbert doesn’t have any sympathy for Vice President Mike Pence

For Stephen Colbert, the law and morality should both be enough to tell Vice President Mike Pence what to do today. Not that Vice President Pence can do anything other than certify the results, but Colbert’s monologue still reacts to reports that the VP is unsure of what to do.

Colbert shows no signs of sympathy in responding to reports that today will be “gut-wrenching” for Mike Pence. The Late Show host jokingly described it as a decision between “the country he loves and the man he’s pledged to help destroy it.”

The monologue also takes time to reference the 12 Republican Senators who plan to object to certifying the electoral college vote. Colbert dismisses the group led by Senator Ted Cruz, knowing they don’t have any ground to stand on. It’s all looking like yet another chance for Colbert to celebrate Joe Biden’s victory.

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