Since losing the election on November 3, President Donald Trump has spent the last four weeks “throwing a loud, pants-filling tantrum,” Stephen Colbert joked on Tuesday’s episode of The Late Show.
“If we don’t change presidents soon, he’s going to get a rash,” the host cracked.
Over the last month, Trump has relegated most of his grievances to Twitter and Fox News. But on Wednesday afternoon, the president released a 46-minute video to Facebook ,where he seemingly aggregated many of his most outlandish false claims about voter fraud into one speech.
“No press, no questions. Not even the mediating lower third graphics of cable news,” Colbert said while discussing the video. “Just uncut, blue flake crazy packed into a straw and blown right into the brainstem of the kamikaze MAGA dead-enders.”
“This may be the most important speech I’ve ever made,” Trump said at the start of his lengthy rant.
“It may be the most impotent speech you’ve ever made,” Colbert quickly interrupted. “Because it was just another rambling mass of lies that lasted a full 46 minutes. My big complaint? He should have done this a week ago. Not because he said anything worth hearing, but at least the people who canceled a big family Thanksgiving could have pretended they were still eating with their racist uncle.” (Of note, the New York Times reported Trump actually did record the video last week, but waited until Wednesday to release the speech.)
As he did during an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News this past weekend, Trump again complained about a late-breaking “massive dump of votes” for Biden—rather than accepting the reality that Biden’s vote count increased as ballots were simply being counted.
“In Wisconsin, as an example, where we were way up on election night, they ultimately had us miraculously losing by 20,000 votes,” the president said. “Wisconsin, we were leading by a lot, and then at 3:42 in the morning, there was this—a massive dump of votes.”
“Again with the massive dumps?” Colbert said with incredulity. “Well, given his cheeseburger at bedtime, 3:42 in the morning sounds about right for him.”
Little of what Trump said in the video differed from his comments on social media, but Colbert pointed out that the president did show “a surprising amount of self-awareness” with regard to “how poorly his stupidity would be received.”
“Even what I’m saying now will be demeaned and disparaged, but that’s okay,” Trump said during his rant.
The opening was too wide for Colbert to let pass. “Well, as long as it’s okay: You’re a petty, angry man desperate for validation you will never receive and have never deserved. And in 50 days, you’ll be out of the White House, without the protections of executive power and no court is going to uphold you pardoning yourself.”
Plus, the host added, “you’re ugly, and your mother dresses you funny.”
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