The talk of late night Thursday night was none other than the strange opinion editorial in The New York Times this week written by someone claiming to be an anonymous senior Trump administration official who said they are actively resisting Trump from inside the White House. And in his monologue on “The Late Show” Thursday night, Stephen Colbert couldn’t quite wrap his head around what was happening.
“Washington, D.C. is still reeling from yesterday’s op-ed in The New York Times by an anonymous senior official inside the administration secretly working against the president. An op-ed that legally can only be described with one word,” Colbert said to open his monologue, prompting a montage of news anchors on all the news networks describing the column as “explosive.”
“They say ‘explosive.’ The word I would have used for this op-ed is ‘confusing,’ because if you’re inside the White House pretending to loyal to the president but secretly thwarting the president to protect the rest of us from him, why would you tell us?”
Colbert then presented an analogous fictional scenario to try to explain how stupid it would be if the person was for real working against Trump from inside the administration.
“Now he’ll try to stop you!” Colbert said. “Don’t worry, honey, I’m right behind the killer ready to grab the knife — and he’s turning around because he heard everything I just said. And… he’s stabbed me.”
Then Colbert made a crack about how those efforts would just be pointless anyway.
“According to the anonymous author, many of Trump’s senior officials are working diligently from within to frustrate his worst inclinations. And that’s not easy because all of Trump’s inclinations are tied for worst,” Colbert quipped. “This is a guy whose diet consists entirely of cheat days.”
You can watch Colbert’s monologue from Thursday’s episode of “The Late Show” in the video embedded at the top of this post.