- The late night host Stephen Colbert broke down during Thursday’s monologue over President Donald Trump’s grievance-filled rant from the White House press briefing room hours earlier.
- On Thursday evening as the Democratic nominee Joe Biden led him in the race for the White House, Trump told reporters he was cheated out of the election, complained about polls, falsely declared himself the winner, and suggested without evidence that widespread voter and election fraud took place.
- “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,” said Colbert, tearing up.
- He also called on Republicans to denounce the president’s unfounded claims.
- “You only survived this up until now because a lot of voters didn’t want to believe everything that was obvious to so many of us, that Donald Trump is a fascist,” he said, adding that the GOP needs to “get off the Trump train” because “it’s not a passenger train, and he’ll load you on it sometime, too.”
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The late night host Stephen Colbert broke into tears during Thursday night’s monologue as he reacted to President Donald Trump’s conspiracy-filled rant from the White House podium hours earlier.
As it became increasingly likely that the Democratic nominee Joe Biden would win the 2020 election, Trump went on the offense, claiming that he was cheated out of the election, complaining about polls, falsely declaring himself the winner, making unfounded allegations of voter and election fraud, and saying he won in states he actually either lost or that have not yet been called.
Colbert didn’t hold back in responding to Trump’s remarks. He said he wore black because he wanted to “wear something somber” to prepare for Trump’s efforts to discredit the results of a free and fair election. And Colbert added that he was standing instead of sitting down as he usually does because “Donald Trump tried really hard to kill something tonight.”
“The president came out into the White House briefing room and lied for 15 minutes,” he said. “Just nonsensical stuff about illegal vote dumps and corrupt election officials and secret democratic counting cabals, and I don’t know, longform birth certificates, probably. It’s all the same. And if you did not know that Joe Biden was getting close to 270, Donald Trump just provided all the proof you will ever need.” Colbert was referring to the 270 Electoral College votes a presidential candidate needs to win an election.
As of early Friday, Biden has 253 electoral votes while Trump has 214, according to Decision Desk HQ.
Colbert went on to say that Trump’s comments, dating back to his 2016 campaign, made it clear that he would contest any election result in which he was not the winner.
“So we all knew he would do this,” he said before tearing up. “What I didn’t know is that it would hurt so much. 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.”
“He is the president of the United States,” he added. “That office means something, and that office should have some shred of decency.”
Colbert then trained his sights on Republican lawmakers and officials and demanded they denounce the president.
“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. You only survived this up until now because a lot of voters didn’t want to believe everything that was obvious to so many of us, that Donald Trump is a fascist.”
Colbert continued, saying Republicans need to “get off the Trump train” because “it’s not a passenger train, and he’ll load you on it sometime, too.”
Watch the clip below:
—A Late Show (@colbertlateshow) November 6, 2020