Stephen Colbert counters Nikki Haley's 'America's not racist' claims

GOP Presidential Candidate Nikki Haley Campaigns In South Carolina
GOP Presidential Candidate Nikki Haley Campaigns In South Carolina / Brandon Bell/GettyImages

Stephen Colbert's monologue laid out a counterargument to Nikki Haley's claim that the United States is not a racist country. The Late Show host wasn't exactly buying what Haley tried to sell.

Throughout her campaign, Haley has struggled with questions about racism. She didn't immediately point to slavery as the cause of the Civil War. Then, the former South Carolina governor doubled down on her opinion that America isn't a racist country.

So when Haley tried to bring that argument to Charlamagne Tha God on The Breakfast Club, Stephen Colbert was ready to push back. The Late Show monologue pulled clips from Haley's appearance on The Breakfast Club in which her argument boiled down to "there's racism in Amerca, but it's not a racist country."

Colbert took exception to that premise. "You know, if you make a lemon chiffon cake that has even a little bit of poop in it," Colbert said, "I got some bad news for you. That's a poop cake."

Colbert went on to support Charlamagne in challenging Haley's perspective. The Late Show host quickly jumped on Haley's point that America wasn't founded as a racist country, delivering a not-so-subtle history lesson in the process. According to Colbert, Haley's opinion makes her sound like someone with "3/5ths of a brain."

Haley deserves some credit for appearing on The Breakfast Club and having a conversation about sensitive topics. It's not like her GOP opponent would do the same. But Haley's argument isn't strong enough to stand up to ridicule from the likes of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.