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Following the second night of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, Stephen Colbert shared some comedic commentary of the event and impressions of its major participants during a live, post-show analysis segment on The Late Show.
“We just walked into this room,” exclaimed Colbert at the top of the program. “[We] literally just finalized the script!” He went on to say, “Haven’t even had time to prep my eyeballs, because they’ve had quite a beating tonight.”
The beginning moments also included an animation of Trump singing “The ABCs of the RNC” alongside First Lady Melania, his son Eric and daughter Tiffany. “You’ll get to learn from crazies,” the song began, “things you never, never knew before, like Trump cured COVID, racists rock and antifa’s gonna loot your store… ”
Colbert called the show “dark, angry propaganda with terrible production values,” adding that Trump and the GOP were in denial about COVID-19 for months and crammed to put on this event at the last minute. It took place in one location, he explained, with speakers going one by one. “The evening looked like a racist spelling bee,” the late-night host exclaimed.
Referring to Trump as a “reality TV star,” Colbert touched upon the fact that the President pardoned a convicted felon — John Ponder — on national TV. Launching into an impression of Trump, Colbert sang, “We’re a lot alike, you say bank robber, I say bankrupter, let’s call your sentence off.”
The late-night host went on to question why Larry Kudlow was speaking about COVID-19 in the past tense, suggesting that he was pretending it no longer exists. Looking to Mike Pence, Colbert said that he drove home his “core message,” that he is “extremely boring.”
Colbert also took aim at Mike Pompeo, who was speaking at the convention from Israel. “Our taxes flew him to do his little propaganda speech from Jerusalem,” the late-night host said, calling the the fact that he was speaking at the convention “no Bueno” — the Secretary of state shouldn’t be taking sides, Colbert said.
Further into the monologue, Colbert spoke about how Melania Trump shared her citizenship journey and experience chasing the American dream. The Late Show displayed a picture on the screen of her with Jeffrey Epstein on one side and Trump on the other.
Referencing the fact that she said she and her husband would “build” on what they have done so far in the White House during their second term, Colbert commented, “If you have to build on it, maybe it wasn’t the best.”
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