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Colbert: The Part of Trump's Election That Makes Me Feel Thankful

Finding a silver lining in a national disaster.

Photo Credit: The Late Show/YouTube

With the Trump train rolling down the crazy tracks, it's hard to keep track of all the president-elect's antics. The Monday before Thanksgiving, Trump summoned all the heads of major networks for a meeting at the New York Times building, which he began with a barrage of insults.

"We're in a room full of liars," Trump said.

"He told CNN's Jeff Zucker, 'I hate your network; everyone at CNN is a liar,'" "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert revealed. As for NBC News, Trump told network president Deborah Turness that NBC won't run a nice picture of him, a claim Colbert mocked.

"Yeah, NBC, stop using unflattering pictures of Donald Trump," Colbert echoed, pulling up an array of images taken of Trump's very expressive face. "He's so photogenic... there's no bad pictures of him!" he quipped.

"Of course, when not berating the media, the president-elect has been busy filling his Cabinet," Colbert pointed out. "So far, we know his pick for attorney general, Alabama senator and albino Smurf Jeff Sessions... [who] might be the only politician in history to go down thinking the Klan is too chill."

Then there's Kris Kobach, Trump's frontrunner to lead the department of Homeland Security. 

"When Kobach met with Trump, something tells me he came prepared with a strategic plan for the first 365 days—and by something, I mean this picture where he is clearly holding his strategic plan for the first 365 days," Colbert explained, flashing to a picture taken just after the meeting in which Kobach seemed to have forgotten a folder. 

"The only way those plans could be safer is if he stored them on his private email server," Colbert joked.

Donald Trump infamously pledged during his campaign that he would jail Hillary Clinton, but the president-elect seems to have backed off the strange threat. 

"I think when the president-elect, who's also the head of your party now, Joe, tells you before he's even inaugurated, he doesn't wish to pursue these charges, it sends a very strong message," Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told MSNBC's Joe Scarborough two weeks after the election. 

"That strong message? Ignore all my previous strong messages," Colbert noted, as Trump is already backing off some of his other major proposals, such as his U.S.-Mexico border wall and an undocumented immigrant deportation force. "And I don't know about you, but that is something I'll be giving thanks for this Thursday." 

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Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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