Stephen Colbert Revives Right-Wing Alter-Ego to Take Apart Trump's Defenders
On Monday night, Stephen Colbert revived his conservative alter-ego to take apart President Trump's new budget—a clear swipe at right-wing pundits' eager defense of the plan.
"You know, folks, Trump's budget is getting heat because it's supposedly cruel to old people for no reason, when in fact they've got a very good reason," Colbert said. "And that brings us to tonight's Werd: Screw Unto Others."
Trump's budget would boost defense spending 10%, or $54 billion, along with Homeland Security (7%) and veterans affairs (6%). It also calls for sweeping cuts to Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency, State Department, Labor Department, Agriculture Department, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Institutes of Health, Commerce, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation and Interior Departments, and even programs to feed the elderly.
"Now, Mulvaney had to cut Meals on Wheels because they 'failed to meet their objectives,'" he joked. "Yes! It's called Meals on Wheels, but how often do you see a hamburger driving down the highway?"
According to "Conservative Colbert," Trump's plan makes perfect sense.
"[As] Mulvaney said, the primary goal of Trump's budget is not driving Cheetos to Grandpa after he gets the munchies from his glaucoma pot. It's defending America," he quipped. "And these food-addicted seniors haven't killed any members of ISIS."