“You really don’t want to hear the words ‘radical’ or ‘bypass’ connected to your heart or your democracy,” quipped Late Night host Stephen Colbert on Thursday.
President Donald Trump is gearing up for the upcoming election by laying the groundwork to contest the result, with his campaign considering asking legislators to ignore states’ popular vote and select electors who are loyal to Trump. The reasoning legislators would give, apparently, would be that they didn’t believe the result was what people really wanted.
“Trump’s like America’s gaslighting boyfriend,” said Colbert. “‘Pennsylvania, sweetie, you’re confused. You’re so emotional, I think you filled out all these ballots and forgot to put my name in. Let’s throw these away and watch a movie on Netflix, okay? You get to pick — it’s Goodfellas.'”
Trump even publicly refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power after the election. Instead, he ominously stated that “we’re gonna have to see what happens.”
“Of course, refusing a peaceful transition implies a violent transition, and I don’t want that,” said Colbert. “I majored in theatre. The only fighting experience I have is stage combat.”
Still, Colbert urged voters not to get disheartened and to still turn out to cast their ballot.
“What Trump really wants to do is undermine your faith in the election so you go, ‘Ah, what’s the point of voting?'” said Colbert. “The point is: you vote, he goes. Regardless of what he tries.”