Stephen Colbert confused by Trump's jumbled death penalty comments

Donald Trump Holds New Hampshire Primary Night Event In Nashua, New Hampshire
Donald Trump Holds New Hampshire Primary Night Event In Nashua, New Hampshire / Alex Wong/GettyImages

Stephen Colbert's monologue came to a grinding halt on Tuesday night when the Late Show host tried to make sense of another Donald Trump speech. The former president's jumbled comments about the death penalty sent the comedian for a loop.

Trump visited New Hampshire this week ahead of his victory in the state's primary. That meant he spent a lot of time behind a microphone speaking to his supporters. And like clockwork, the ex-president gift wrapped material for Colbert's monologue.

"Trump declared war on the English language," Colbert joked. He then cut to a clip from Trump's speech in Laconia, New Hampshire.

"We have become a drug-infested crime-ridden nation," Trump said. "Which is incapable of solving even the sollest ... smallest problem, the simplest of problems we can no longer solve. We can't do anything. We are an institute in a powerful death penalty."

The Late Show camera then cut back to a baffled Stephen Colbert. The comedian called Trump's comments "a dark and confusing vision of America." He then went on to impersonate Trump calling the country an organization in a firing squad or a seminar in decapitation.

Colbert's monologue highlighting Trump's challenges at the podium comes after the former president faces increased scrutiny on his mental acuity. He recently confused Nikki Haley with Nancy Pelosi but defended his comments as sarcastic and challenged Haley to an aptitude test.

However, Trump's difficulty with teleprompters is nothing new. Given how often he puts himself in front of a microphone, it's unsurprising that he would slip up now and then. But late-night TV always jumps on these moments because Trump never admits a mistake and tries to improvise his way around it.

So that means that Trump's "war on the English language" will continue as he turns his attention to Nevada and South Carolina on the primary schedule. Stephen Colbert's monologue should have plenty to work with.