Stephen Colbert Takes Apart Trump Official's Deeply Disturbing Observation About Saudi Arabia
Donald Trump has called for "extreme vetting" of all persons entering the United States from the Middle East. Perhaps those standards should be applied to the president himself upon his return from the region, wonders Stephen Colbert.
"By the way, federal judges, now would be a good time to reinstate that travel ban," the "Late Show" host quipped Monday. "He'll be flying in from a dangerous part of the world, he's said some radical stuff—I'm just saying."
Trump's trip, which began with Saudi Arabia, was also attended by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who appeared on CNBC earlier that day.
"There was not a single hint of a protester anywhere there during the whole time we were there. Not one guy with a bad placard," Ross gushed.
"That may be not necessarily because they don’t have those feelings there, but because they control people and don’t allow to them to come and express their feelings quite the same as we do here," CNBC anchor Becky Quick cut in.
Protesters in Saudia Arabia can be jailed for life, if not beheaded. But Ross brushed off Quick's comments as "theory."
"The mood was a genuinely good mood," he insisted.
"Yeah, so great!" Colbert remarked in response. "No protesters anywhere in Saudi Arabia! Nobody holding up a bad placard or anything! Of course, it's pretty hard to hold up anything when you don't have any hands."
The "Late Show" host hammered home just how disturbing the secretary's comments truly are.
"Political dissent in Saudi Arabia is punishable by decapitation," the host noted. "So, Saudi political chants are a lot tamer than they are here."