The late night television host Stephen Colbert went full snowflake on Thursday night as he broke down in tears over President Donald Trump’s press conference in which he claimed victory in the presidential election. During his speech, Trump accused Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats of “trying to steal an election” as well as “trying to rig an election.”
Colbert Gets Emotional As He Blasts Trump
“We’re taping this a little while after Donald Trump walked into the White House briefing room and tried to poison American democracy,” Colbert began. “That’s why I’m not sitting down yet, I just don’t feel like it yet. That’s also why I’m dressed for a funeral, because Donald Trump tried really hard to kill something tonight.”
He added that Trump “lied for 15 minutes,” claiming that the president told Americans “just nonsensical stuff about illegal vote dumps and corrupt election officials and secret Democrat counting cabals.”
Colbert then became visibly emotional as he said that Democrats had predicted that Trump would react this way.
“We all knew he would do this. What I didn’t know is that it would hurt so much,” Colbert said. “I didn’t expect this to break my heart. For him to cast a dark shadow on our most sacred right from the briefing room in the White House, our house, not his. That is devastating.”
“This is heartbreaking for the same reason that I didn’t want him to get COVID, certainly why I want him to survive because he is the President of the United States,” the liberal late night host added. “That office means something and that office should have some shred of decency.”
Colbert Doubles Down
Not stopping there, Colbert addressed Republican lawmakers.
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“Republicans have to speak up, all of them,” he said. “Because for evil to succeed, all that is necessary is for good men to do nothing. So say something right now, Republicans, not later.”
Colbert concluded his rant by saying that the eyes of the entire nation are on how politicians respond to Trump.
“Americans are going to count something else starting right now,” he said. “They’re going to count who was willing to speak up against Donald Trump trying to kill democracy, and they’ll count who will stay silent in the face of this desperate attack on the bedrock institution of this truly great nation,” he said, going on to reference Trump’s campaign slogan Make America Great Again. “‘Cause he just attacked the thing that makes us most great, and it’s time for you all to mean what your hats have been yelling.”
“This is one I really wish I could swear, Colbert added. ‘But I will say this, we’re not going to show you a second of what that sad, frightened fraud said tonight because it’s poison and I like you. He can suck silence.”
This piece was written by James Samson on November 6, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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