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On Wednesday’s Late Show, Stephen Colbert took aim at Trump’s support for women and Congress’ vote to repeal internet privacy protections passed during the Obama administration.
Joking about the president’s keynote speech at a women’s empowerment forum, Colbert said, “It was the first women’s event he attended since sneaking into the dressing room at the Miss USA pageant.”
The Late Show host mentioned that first lady Melania Trump was also at the event, presenting awards to “brave international women who’ve overcome years of repression and silent suffering.” Colbert added, “How could she possibly relate to them?”
He cut to Trump speaking at the event, but the audio was not of Trump’s speech. Instead, Late Show viewers heard excerpts from the Access Hollywood “grab ’em by the pussy” tape.
“Wrong audio!” exclaimed Colbert. “What an unforeseen technical blunder that our editing apartment spent an hour making this afternoon.”
Then he played real footage of the speech in which Trump said women have an advantage over men, pointing to his head. “Yeah, women are so much smarter than men,” said Colbert. “I don’t know why we didn’t elect one president.”
Colbert talked about how this week the Republican-led Congress voted to repeal internet privacy protections that had been passed during the Obama administration. These protections forced internet service providers to ask customers for permission before collecting and sharing their data.
“So this is what’s wrong with Washington, D.C.,” said Colbert. “Here’s the deal: I guarantee you there is not one person, not one voter of any political stripe anywhere in America who asked for this.”
He added that nobody stood up in a town hall and said, “Sir, I demand you let somebody else make money off of my shameful desires.”
Colbert also took issue with internet providers no longer having to protect customer information from hackers and thieves. He compared it with staying at a hotel that didn’t lock its doors and also sold video footage of its customers masturbating in their rooms.
Publicly taking the side of big internet cable companies is ludicrous, continued Colbert. “The only thing less popular would be if they passed a bill allowing traffic jams to call you during dinner to give you gonorrhea.”
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