Colbert: If Trump Can Claim Executive Privilege Retroactively, Then Americans Should Get to Change Their Votes Retroactively
April 13, 2018
In Thursday's "Late Show," host Stephen Colbert couldn't help but mock President Donald Trump for his legal troubles.
In his opening monologue, the CBS host noted that Trump may have violated campaign finance laws for National Enquirer owner David Pecker giving $150,000 to keep Karen McDougal quiet.
"For that the feds would have to prove that David Pecker was trying to help Donald Trump," Colbert explained. "And to do that, they would have to somehow know that Pecker said in an interview, 'Donald Trump is a friend of mine. I want to help him, so what I did was make a deal with Karen McDougal so that her story would never see the light of day.' Good luck twisting that one, Robert Mueller."
He moved on to talk about the recent news that former Trump advisor, "and student embalmer's first try," Steve Bannon. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Bannon is trying to get back into the good graces of the White House by developing a strategy to attack special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
"Then, Bannon says Trump should insist all the documents he's already handed over to the special counsel can't be looked at, claiming, 'executive privilege should be exerted immediately and retroactively,'" Colbert quoted. "Fair enough, as long as America gets to change our vote retroactively."
Colbert's next fear came from a report in which the White House revealed each morning the staff is spinning their wheels trying to respond to whatever policy Trump makes on Twitter.
"Oh, my God! Trump Tower is on fire. Oh, my God, they raided Michael Cohen's office. Oh, my God, we're going to bomb Syria," Colbert quoted from the New York Times report. "I understand. I woke up this morning and said, 'Oh my God, the White House just wakes up and says 'oh my god'!"
When addressing Syria, Colbert noted that Trump has decided that he might bomb Syria. He noted that it was a strange response given that just days prior he said that he planned to pull out of Syria.
"He knows Syria's not the name of a porn star, right?" Colbert joked, much to band leader Jon Batiste's chagrin.
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