Speed Reads

Late Night tackles Trump's final act

Stephen Colbert has theories about Trump's conspiratorial 'pillow talk' with MyPillow's Mike Lindell

"On Wednesday, Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States," Stephen Colbert said on Monday's Late Show, crossing both fingers, "but after the sacking of the U.S. Capitol, authorities have called in 25,000 National Guard troops. So officially, this is not a peaceful transfer of power." In new footage of the violent Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, "we see the MAGA mob on the Senate floor rifling through documents," but the video mostly proves "these fellows aren't exactly the sharpest horns on the headdress," Colbert said. "These are the dumbest people to attempt an insurrection since the failed Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Doof."

"On his last full day in office, the president is prepared to issue around 100 pardons and commutations," Colbert said. "Why so many? Well, there's reportedly a lucrative market for pardons. Finally, POTUS is running a business that makes money. He's calling it the Olive Pardon."

"Of course, the last few days of any presidency is all about cementing your legacy and thanking those members of your administration who worked hardest to ensure your place in history — so on Friday he met with CEO of MyPillow Mike Lindell," Colbert deadpanned. "But it wasn't all pillow talk. A sharp-eyed cameraman caught a snapshot of Lindell's notes," featuring "topics like 'martial law' and 'Insurrection Act.' Hmm, he seems just a little fascist-adjacent. He might want to rebrand as the Mein-Pillow Guy."

The Late Show also had a mock warning for consumers about MyPillow and Lindell. Watch below. Peter Weber