Stephen Colbert has delivered a one-off emotional monologue processing his emotions about Donald Trump’s speech on Thursday (November 5) – watch beneath.
The late present host scrapped his traditional introductory monologue in favour of an heartfelt address to the world, in a 16-minute video reckoning with Trump’s declaration of fraud as Joe Biden edged forward within the US presidential election.
Addressing his choice to put on black, Colbert defined it was on account of Trump’s speech. “I’m carrying black tonight as a result of I used to be getting dressed this afternoon and I assumed, ‘He would possibly strive some shenanigans and it may be becoming to inform jokes whereas carrying one thing sombre if he goes down that darkish path’. I’m no prophet, it’s simply that he’s so predictable.”
He defined: “Donald Trump tried actually laborious to kill one thing tonight. Round 7 o’clock, the president got here out into the White Home briefing room and lied for quarter-hour, simply nonsensical stuff about unlawful vote dumps and corrupt election officers and secret democratic counting cabals, and, I don’t know, longform beginning certificates in all probability.
“It’s all the identical. When you didn’t know that Joe Biden was getting near 270 [electoral points], Donald Trump simply offered all of the proof you’ll ever want.”
Explaining what number of had predicted for weeks that Trump would possibly contest the votes if numbers started to swing in Biden’s favour, Colbert mentioned: “For weeks we’ve been speaking about how there can be a pink mirage, how all these excellent Biden mail-in ballots would possibly let Joe catch up, and that Trump would then in all probability come out and fake that he received and accuse everyone else of dishonest.
“What I didn’t know is that it might harm a lot. I didn’t anticipate this to interrupt my coronary heart. For him to forged a darkish shadow on our most sacred proper, from the briefing room within the White Home, our home, not his. That’s devastating.”
He continued: That is heartbreaking for a similar purpose that I didn’t need him to get COVID. Actually why I needed him to outlive. As a result of he’s the president of the US. That workplace means one thing. That workplace ought to have some shred of decency.”
Addressing the US inhabitants with an pressing demand for motion, Stephen Colbert mentioned: “For all of the predictable behaviour of the previous few days and the final 4 years, proper now one thing unpredictable must occur. Republicans have to talk up. All of them. As a result of for evil to succeed, all that’s needed is for good males to do nothing.
“You solely survived this up til now as a result of lots of voters didn’t wish to consider every part that was apparent to so many people: that Donald Trump is a fascist. Relating to democracy versus fascism, I’m sorry, there usually are not fantastic individuals on each side. So you might want to select, Donald Trump or the American individuals.”
On the time of writing, Joe Biden is considered solely six factors from victory.