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Stephen Colbert tackled Democratic dynasties, delegates and Trump as part of his second night of live Democratic National Convention coverage.
The Late Show host took more frequent aim at Trump than he did on the previous night, while also picking apart night two’s theme of “Leadership Matters.” While Colbert delivered plenty of jabs about past and present party bigwigs, including the Kennedys, Bill Clinton and the Bidens, he first used the speeches of those like former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and former deputy attorney general Sally Yates to take quick shots at the president.
Before declaring that “we’re all Eric [Trump],” after Yates delivered a stinging speech about how the president runs America like his family business, Colbert was quick to clarify the kind of “triple threat” Abrams warned Americans are up against.
“That’s right,” Colbert said. “Trump’s a triple threat. He can sing, he can dance, and he’s just a dick.”
Colbert spent the rest of his monologue critiquing the appearances and speeches of night two’s high and low profile Democratic leadership. That at one point included calling local leaders stumping for Biden’s healthcare plan the “Brady Bunch of democracy.” Between segments about the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage and America’s current healthcare crisis, Colbert noted that the entire event was “one of the most electrifying infomercials of the year.”
The early joke was boosted by the host’s quick round-up of the delegate roll call, which for the first time took place in all 50 states. Colbert gave special shout-outs to a handful of delegates, noting that former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg was representing Indiana in a space that resembled “where they do surgery on the Westworld pleasure bots.” As for other states like Michigan, Ohio and Rhode Island, Colbert chalked up their quirky efforts to virtually represent their states in front of a row of cars, in an empty field and next to a plate of calamari, respectively, as comedic infotainment.
“I can’t believe they gave us Joe Biden, then threw in the free bamboo steamer, a second set of steak knives and the stains came right out,” Colbert said.
In a moment nearly as brief as her actual appearance, Colbert acknowledged how one of the party’s younger superstars, New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, got the awards show treatment. After being delegated a literal single minute, Colbert began rolling a clip of her 60-second appearance before quickly overlaying it with awards show acceptance speech walk-off music, quipping as it closed out that she “didn’t have a chance to thank her agents and her publicist.”
Colbert’s take on the DNC’s second night hit the hardest, though, when it came to the party’s legacy politicians. Mentioning the appearance of Caroline Kennedy and her son, Jack Schlossberg, Colbert conceded that as “a gathering of Democrats, it was of course constitutionally obligated that at least one Kennedy speak.”
The Late Show host then turned his comedic ire on Bill Clinton, joking that while the 42nd U.S. president made some good points during his appearance, he was in no position to be passing certain judgments. “I don’t think Bill Clinton gets to lecture anyone on what should happen in the Oval Office,” Colbert said. “Those in glass houses should not be allowed near the interns.”
By the time Colbert got around to knocking the Bidens, his jokes mostly focused on awkward moments, including the pair sharing an anecdote about how their proposal ended in an anticlimactic “OK.”
“Joe told the story of how he had to ask for Jill’s hand in marriage multiple times,” Colbert said. “Much like Democratic voters, Joe ran for president three times and they finally went… OK.”
Watch the full segment below.
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