Jon Stewart: "Either Lumpy and his friends are lying about being bothered by thin-skinned, authoritarian, less-than-Christian readers-of-prompter being president, or they don’t they care, as long as it’s their thin-skinned prompter authoritarian tyrant narcissist. You just want that person to give you your country back, because you feel that you’re this country’s rightful owners. There’s only one problem with that: This country isn’t yours. You don’t own it. It never was. There is no “real” America... I see you, and I see your bullshit!"
Following a stunt the night before where he crashed the convention stage while impersonating Hunger Games emcee Caesar Flickerman, the comedian and political satirist revived his Colbert Report character—a satire of a blowhard conservative—and brought on former Daily Show host Jon Stewart, whose commentary many have sorely missed during this election cycle.
Opening the show with a pre-taped musical number filmed partially on-site at the convention, Colbert took shots at prominent Republicans ranging from Indiana governor Mike Pence—Donald Trump’s running mate—to Chris Christie and Ben Carson, and, of course, the presumptive Republican nominee himself, Trump (who he called an “orange manatee”). “The party of Lincoln had better start drinking,” he suggested.
Colbert’s Comedy Central alter ego, who had apparently been hiding in a cabin with Stewart, came on to explain the Trump phenomenon, riding into the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York on a golden chariot pulled by bare-chested Uncle Sams, while carrying a Captain America-style shield and sword.
Colbert reprised his “the word” segment to coin a new term to describe what drives Trump supporters: “Trumpiness.” The term plays off another term Colbert invented during the second Bush administration, “Truthiness,” which means “believing in something that feels true, even if it isn’t supported by fact.” Whereas truthiness has to feel true, however, Trumpiness does not, he said, citing a Washington Post story that shows some Trump fans don’t even believe his pledges to build a wall.
The comedian ended the bit by summing up what fuels the Trump machine: The candidate is “an emotional megaphone for voters full of rage at a government that achieves nothing.”
BREAKING: Chaos at #RNCinCLE. @KenCuccinelli throws credentials on the floor. VA delegation screaming "SHAME!"https://t.co/iVDa5xcIcF— Brianna Wu (@Spacekatgal) July 18, 2016
Iowa and Colorado delegates have walked off convention floor, according to @cspan. It's a walkoff! https://t.co/2cAgTvrKfo— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) July 18, 2016
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