Colbert Imagines Donald Trump’s Version of the Hindenburg Disaster (Video)

Oh the hilarity

Last Updated: October 23, 2019 @ 10:41 PM

On Wednesday’s “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert imagined what it would be like if a reporter who covered the Hindenburg disaster approached it from a very Donald Trump worldview.

First, just in case you don’t know about it, in May 1937 the hydrogen-fueled German airship the Hindenburg caught fire and crashed as it was attempting to dock in Manchester Township, New Jersey, killing 38 people. The disaster was immortalized by the eyewitness reporting of journalist Herbert Morrison, who said in part: “Oh, it’s crashing… oh, four or five hundred feet into the sky, and it’s a terrific crash, ladies and gentlemen. There’s smoke, and there’s flames, now, and the frame is crashing to the ground, not quite to the mooring mast. Oh, the humanity.”

Colbert referenced the Hindenburg while discussing Trump’s weird press conference earlier Wednesday, which Colbert described as “another bewildering day in America.” During the press conference, Trump repeatedly congratulated himself for pulling troops out of Syria. To that, Colbert said he had to give Trump credit because “he is willing to call his most disastrous blunders his greatest victories.”

That’s when he imagined what it would be like if Trump “were in charge of the Hindenburg,” with a clip juxtaposing newsreel footage from the disaster, with a voice imitating Morrison that said: “And the back motors are just holding it up to keep it in place. And another on-time arrival! Oh, the victory!”

Watch the clip below:

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