Colbert Shreds Trump's Shocking Secretary of Energy Pick: Rick Perry

Just because Mitt Romney was snubbed for secretary of state doesn't mean Donald Trump's no longer considering establishment Republicans for his Cabinet. 


In fact, "Trump is going to pick former Texas Governor Rick Perry for secretary of energy," "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert announced Tuesday. But what are Perry's qualifications?

"For one, he does have energy," Colbert mused, showing a clip of Perry performing in an episode of "Dancing with the Stars."

"If he is half as good at being energy secretary as he is at dancing, there's going to be a lot of nuclear waste spills," Colbert remarked.

Perry was actually just as tough on Trump during the presidential campaign as Romney was, calling Trump's candidacy in July 2015 "a cancer on conservatism."

"It must be clearly diagnosed, excised and discarded," Perry said about the campaign led by his future boss, less than two months before ending his own presidential campaign.

"All those medical procedures sound expensive," Colbert said in response. "They better get them done while we still have Obamacare."

But Perry's 2016 presidential campaign wasn't nearly as mind-blowing as his 2012 campaign. 

"Who could ever forget Rick Perry's most memorable performance in the 2012 Republican primary debate?" Colbert asked. "Rick Perry can."

During his short-lived campaign, Perry claimed there were three government agencies he wanted to get rid of.

"Commerce, Education and... let's see," Perry stammered. "Oops," he shrugged. 

"The department he couldn't remember in that clip, the department he wants to get rid of—and this is true—it's the Department of Energy, or as it will soon be known, the Department of Oops," Colbert lamented.

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