On Tuesday night’s Late Show, Stephen Colbert roasted both Russian President Vladimir Putin and his American lapdog, US President Donald Trump: (Videos below)
On Sunday, Vladimir Putin won an election rigged to prop up a dangerous strongman who is threatening Western democracy. That requires a strong response—so Donald Trump called him up to say, “Atta boy!”
You’ve got to give Putin credit. He did win by the most made-up votes. I believe the final tally was 144 million to everyone else is dead.
Among those unhappy “that Trump was giving the thumbs-up to a murderous dictator for winning a sham election” were his national security team and a bipartisan group of senators—including GOP Sen. John McCain, who slammed Trump for insulting “every Russian citizen denied the right to vote in a free and fair election.” Colbert had some words of consolation for him:
Don’t worry, Sen. McCain, the Russians still have a chance to vote in our midterm!
Colbert then showed a clip of a bipartisan group of senators learning at that moment about the Trump-Putin phone call. They were rendered utterly speechless. He was silent for a few moments, then closed his eyes and shook his head.
Colbert played the video on the Colbert Late Show, having a little fun at Lankford’s expense. Colbert imitated their reaction by standing silently for a few seconds before yelling, “Smoke bomb!” and making his escape from the stage.
In response, Sen. Lankford said,
None of us had heard that the president had called and congratulated Putin. Stephen Colbert was correct. If I’d had a smoke bomb, I would have used it.
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) March 21, 2018
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