Colbert Dishes on Trump's Horrible New Hire and the Typo That Took Down Clinton

As you've been watching the president-elect unload his bevy of Cabinet picks, you may have missed one of the most important stories about the downfalls of hiring seemingly smart people. 


"Yesterday a guy named Stephen Miller was appointed to be his senior policy adviser," announced "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert. "Now, we don't know a lot about him. So far, we know he's a picker, a grinner, a lover, and a sinner... some people call him Maurice," Colbert explained, using lyrics from the Steve Miller Band's hit "The Joker." 

But Miller was a long-term employee of the Trump campaign, with one very important job.

"During the campaign, Stephen Miller's job was to warm up crowds before Trump took the stage at rallies," Colbert reminded the audience, before launching into impression mode: "All right, welcome to the rally. Hey, where are you guys from? OK, we're going to deport you back there."

But even people with all the right qualifications can make the most ridiculous mistakes ever. Case in point, "one thing that may have tipped the balance [of the election] was Wikileaks releasing thousands of Clinton emails obtained by Russian hackers," Colbert said, "and we just found out how they did it."

You know those phishing emails you're told not to open? Well, there's a good reason for that.

"Apparently, hackers sent Hillary's campaign chairman, John Podesta, a fake warning email telling him he had to change his password, and when the Clinton folks clicked on it, Russian hackers got access to all of his emails," Colbert said.

"I can't believe a trick this obvious took down the most sophisticated campaign in history!" he continued. "That would be like winning World War II by luring Hitler out of his bunker with a fake lady Hitler!"

But to be fair, Podesta did ask for help.

"When a Podesta aide tried to verify if the hacker email was real, another staffer replied, 'This is a legitimate email,' when he had meant to type 'illegitimate email,'" Colbert added. "So there it is... the entire election hinged on a typo."

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