Speed Reads

Late Night Tackles Election 2016

Stephen Colbert thinks Hillary Clinton accidentally revealed the real reason she lost in November

Hillary Clinton traveled out of the woods and into Manhattan on Tuesday, appearing at a Women for Women International forum moderated by CNN's Christiane Amanpour, who asked Clinton if she thinks sexism still exists. Clinton laughed. "Asking Hillary Clinton if sexism exists is like asking Serena Williams if she's heard of this tennis thing," Stephen Colbert said on Tuesday's Late Show. "She's aware of the situation."

The big news, though was Clinton talking about why she lost to Donald Trump. She pointed to interference from WikiLeaks/Russia and FBI Director James Comey, "but Hillary may have accidentally revealed why she really lost," Colbert said, pointing out that Clinton said the election was on Oct. 28. "No, it was on Nov. 8, ma'am," he said. "That explains everything: 'Well, Oct. 29 is here and I'm not president. Well, I guess I can stop campaigning in Michigan and Wisconsin!'" He apologized for his underprepared Clinton impersonation.

In the end, Clinton took absolute personal responsibility for her loss. Colbert sighed: "So she made mistakes, publicly recognized them, and owned up to her shortcomings — no wonder she lost. That's totally unpresidential." But just as he was finding the silver lining — campaign 2016 is at least over — he played (and critiqued) Trump's actual, real-life first 2020 campaign ad. Peter Weber