On Monday night, Stephen Colbert’s monologue aimed at former President Donald Trump’s speech at the 2023 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). And according to the Late Show host, things got “real creepy, real fast.”
The annual gathering of conservatives wrapped up over the weekend, bringing several days of speeches, interviews, and roundtable discussions to a close. President Donald Trump, still a crowd-favorite among CPAC attendees, delivered a speech as the main attraction.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Trump’s speech didn’t sound too different from his rallies or White House addresses. But the one thing Stephen Colbert picked up on was how “creepy” and “embarrassing” Trump’s CPAC speech sounded.
Colbert specifically zeroed in on Trump identifying as a “warrior” and the “retribution” for his supporters who felt wronged since the republican lost the 2020 election. From there, things only got sillier in the comedian’s eyes as Trump claimed that his border wall had been “hidden.”
Stephen Colbert mocks a tongue-tied Donald Trump during CPAC speech
Stephen Colbert’s monologue wasn’t done with Donald Trump’s CPAC speech yet. The Late Show host also drew attention to what he called Trump’s “classic mouth-whoopsies.”
Colbert highlighted two different times Trump messed up while trying to say “United States.” First, it was the “United Straights” followed by the “United Spates.” While a politician tripping over their words at the podium isn’t exactly the pinnacle of comedy, it’s been a common dig at Trump for years.
Part of it stems from Trump and his supporters attacking others for using a teleprompter. But as The Daily Show once pointed out, Trump has struggled with reading his lines as much as anyone.
Colbert continued to hit Trump over just about every other aspect of the former president’s CPAC speech. Baby bonuses and flying cars were among the bizarre topics that the late-night just couldn’t ignore.
If Trump’s CPAC speech was any indication, Stephen Colbert should have plenty of new material to work with over the coming months.