Speed Reads

Late Night Tackles President Trump

Stephen Colbert has some thoughts on Trump's Mika Brzezinski mean tweets, and his enablers

"I'm going to say something right now that I did not think was possible anymore: I am shocked by something Donald Trump said," Stephen Colbert said on Thursday's Late Show. He was hardly alone in that, though he did manage to find a silver lining, or at least a bronze one: "I thought by now, after five months of this, that my soul had calcified into a crouton — not true."

Colbert was, of course, referring to President Trump's Thursday morning tweets about MSNBC's Morning Joe and Mika Brzezinski, which he read. "Where to begin?" he asked. "First of all, someone bleeding at your door and you say no? It sounds like your health-care plan." He also compared it, unfavorably, to the Christmas story. "This is shocking and vicious — so, on-brand," he concluded. "Of course, Mika responded with her own tweet today, a picture of a Cheerios box saying 'Made for Little Hands,'" he noted. "Really, Mika? Making fun of the size of his hands? I'm more worried about the size of his brain at this point."

Colbert read some of the negative reviews of Trump's tweets, stopping at a comment by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) "This is not what's wrong with American politics — you don't see Paul Ryan throwing shade at Chuck Schumer over his eye job," he said. "This is what's wrong with the American president. Let's stop pretending that Trump is a symptom of something — he's the disease." Trump's wife, Melania, defended Trump, and Colbert sighed: "Yes, as the first lady says, when they go low, we go 10 times lower. So, the focus on cyberbullying is going well so far — we just didn't know she was going to be a super-fan of it." He ended with a look at Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders' similar defense of Trump, and an ode to The Twilight Zone. Watch below. Peter Weber