Stephen Colbert is back for 2021, targeting US President Donald Trump (again) in his first episode of the year.
Colbert jokingly referred to the end of 2020, pointing out that just because the year is over doesn’t mean that our global collective struggles are over. COVID-19 rages on and the US is battling a president trying to reverse the election results.
“It turns out that 2020 is dropping some bonus tracks,” joked Colbert.
The host then moved on to Trump’s Georgia election talk when the president pressured the Republican Secretary of State of Georgia to “find” enough votes to overthrow Joe Biden’s victory in the state’s presidential election, citing repeatedly refuted fraud allegations and the prospect Criminal offense increased to a “criminal” if the officers have not changed the number of votes according to a recording of the conversation.
“This call is like Watergate and the Ukraine scandal had a baby they made on that Access Hollywood Bus, ”Colbert joked, referring to historical political scandals and Trump’s notorious 2005 conversation with Billy Bush.
“If you’re a star, they let you do that,” Colbert quipped.
The host dissected Trump’s hour-long call to Georgia, highlighting the president’s lack of evidence and incoherence, as well as his insistence on using the size of the rally as an indicator of support.
“The size of the rally doesn’t determine who wins the election,” Colbert said bluntly before joking. “That’s why we’re not going to swear by President BTS on January 20th.”
On Wednesday starting at 1 p.m. ET, Vice President Mike Pence will chair a joint congressional session. Its job is to open the certificates of electoral votes from each state and present them in alphabetical order to the appointed “storytellers” of the House and Senate. At the end of the count, Pence must announce who won the 2020 election – Trump or Biden.
You can watch “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” at 11.35pm on weekdays. ET.
– – With files from The Associated Press