Not that he’s even been particularly nice in his comments about Donald Trump, but Stephen Colbert’s monologues on “The Late Show” have been increasingly pointed as the situation in the country has itself gotten increasingly desperate-feeling. On Thursday’s episode, Colbert’s last before he goes on hiatus for a week, he laid it all out there.
Colbert began his monologue by going in on Republicans in Congress for whining about the Mueller investigation to deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, concluding that thread by addressing a comment made by South Carolina representative and “backwoods Anderson Cooper” Trey Gowdy.
Gowdy: “If you have evidence of wrongdoing by any member of the Trump campaign, present it to the damn grand jury. Whatever you got, finish it the hell up.”
“Congressman Gowdy, I just have one thing to say,” Colbert said after the clip played. “I completely agree. Please give us what you’ve got on Trump, quick! We’ve got maybe two weeks before Trump appoints Supreme Court Justice MyPillow Guy!”
You might think that MyPillow joke is just a random aside — but it most definitely is not.
Colbert continued: “Obviously, with the looming shadow of the Mueller investigation, Trump has to completely distance himself from anything Russian. So today, the White House announced he’ll be meeting with Vladimir Putin on July 16. Well, okay, it makes sense. It is time for Trump’s annual employee review. It is, right? It’s time. It’s time.
“The meeting was set up by national security adviser and ‘man smelling his own mustache,’ John Bolton. And Bolton defended the summit in the strongest terms.”
“The Late Show” then played a clip of Bolton making this declaration: “The fact is that it’s important for the leaders of these two countries to meet. I’d like to hear someone say that’s a bad idea.”
Colbert was happy to oblige.
“Bad idea! You’re welcome. We aim to please,” Colbert joked. “You can tell that the Mueller investigation is on Trump’s mind because this morning he tweeted, ‘Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!’ Well of course they say that! Because they did it! ‘You know, my penis continues to insist he had nothing to do with sex with Stormy Daniels, and you know what, I trust him. I looked him right in the eye and gave him a very firm handshake. Very firm. Very firm. Very firm. Even just bringing it up, he got red in the face.’ ”
You can watch this portion of Colbert’s monologue from Thursday’s episode of “The Late Show” in the video embedded at the top of this post.