Colbert Busts Trump and the Right for Their Hypocrisy About the Charlotte Protests

"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert struck a different tone Thursday night when reflecting on the news from North Carolina. He buckled down and got serious.


“The news for the last 24 hours has been pretty bad,” Colbert opened. “Angry people in the streets, some of them in riot gear. And the governor of North Carolina has declared a state of emergency in Charlotte. The shooting of African Americans by police officers and the community outrage that follows seems to keep happening over and over again no matter how many times we do nothing.”

Colbert sympathized with those who didn't know how to react, but also got digs in with some of the more idiotic reactions.

"At times like these, it's hard to know what to say," Colbert admitted. "But it’s easy to know what not to say. Unless you’re USA Today columnist and psychic you hired from Craigslist, Glenn Reynolds," he remarked, referencing Reynolds' tweet of a photo of the Charlotte protesters, with a caption that read “run them down.”

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Colbert joked about how the tweet was so terrible "that it made USA Today’s worst tweet infographic.” He then turned somewhat solemn again. 

“I just wish there was some sort of respectful, silent, civil protest that people could engage in that wouldn’t enrage the other side,” Colbert said, while flashing to a photo of Colin Kaepernick.

“Yeah, nope, that’s not gonna work either,” he said, reflecting on how the athlete's silent protest of the national anthem last month was relentlessly criticized, leading Kaepernick to become the NFL's "most disliked player."

Naturally, "in the face of continued heartbreaking racial strife, all eyes turn to civil rights icon, the Reverend doctor Donald Trump,” Colbert pivoted, moving on to mock the GOP nominee's clueless strategy.

”Yesterday, Reverend Trump reached out to the black community at two events in Ohio. Both were at black churches. I haven’t seen so many white people replacing black people since… Brooklyn?"

After referencing the runaway gentrification in New York's hippest borough, it was back to making fun of Trump clueless solution to racial strife.

Trump wants to reinstates “stop and frisk," the infamous practice once used by police departments to racially profile disporportionately black pedestrians, which has since been ruled discriminatory in federal court. 

“That’s a bad idea,” Colbert said about Trump's suggestion. “Not only has it been found unconstitutional, if Trump’s doing the frisking, it’ll take him hours with those tiny hands.”

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