Going live after night 3 of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, Stephen Colbert declared, “Full disclosure, I did not watch much of the convention.” He then clarified, “I did not watch any of it.”
The late-night host explained that there are many major issues in the world right now such as the coronavirus pandemic and the impending hurricane “making landfall as we speak,” and yet the RNC’s message is: “Who’s up for 4 more years?”
He acknowledged that he didn’t do his job tonight and he feels “great” about it, adding that the reality show portrayed in Republican conventions doesn’t reflect our actual reality. “Why subject ourselves to the lies?” asked the late-night host.
Noting that the CDC was recently pressured to change testing guidelines, Colbert said, “We’ve reached the point where Donald Trump is dictating our health regulations.” He challenged the CDC to stand up to Trump, who seems to think testing is not a good idea. “We are one news cycle away from the CDC saying that the mail-in ballots give you chlamydia,” joked Colbert.
He later said that people should care about every law the president is breaking. But if you’re getting too numb, The Late Show has a prescription for you. A parody video advertisement for “Not Normalzol” then appeared, claiming to be a prescription strength “slap to the face.” The medicine “penetrates your outrage fatigue” and must be taken with alcohol.
Colbert also said it’s hard to watch the Republican conventions because they are terribly produced. He added, “I know what’s going to happen, because they revealed the monster on the first night.”
Later in the monologue, Colbert said, “Donald Trump does not care if you live or die of COVID or of racism, as long as he wins.” He encouraged viewers to vote in the upcoming election in order to change the current administration.