Stephen Colbert Roasts 'Dictator Tot' Trump's Deranged War on the Press
Stephen Colbert began Monday night's show with some dispiriting news for those who'd been protesting all afternoon.
"This afternoon, a lot of people spent their day off at Not My President rallies... Sorry, but, yeah, your president," he lamented. “Let’s see what your president’s been doing."
Trump had spent the 72 hours prior to Colbert's taping battling the group he has labeled an enemy of the state: America's press corps.
“You know who I feel bad for?" Colbert joked. “ISIS. Yeah, they try so hard. Sorry, ISIS. If you want to get on the list, publish photos of Trump’s inauguration crowd — then he’ll be really angry at you.”
Trump's war with the press has reignited his long-running feud with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who heavily criticized Trump's totalitarian behavior in a "Meet the Press" interview on Sunday.
"If you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free, and many times adversarial, press," McCain said. "Without it, I'm afraid we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time."
"That's how dictators get started," he warned.
The following day, Colbert attempted to clarify McCain's haunting statement.
"Just to be clear, he's not saying Trump's a dictator. He's saying getting rid of the free press is how dictators get started. He's not calling him a full dictator. He's more bite-size, okay? He's a dictator 'tot'...."