On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert zeroed in on a recent Face the Nation interview in which host John Dickerson asked President Trump if he still thought former President Barack Obama had wiretapped him. Trump wasn’t having it; he cut the interview short, and then ambled over to his Oval Office desk, where he began shuffling a stack of papers in the universal “Please leave my office now” gesture.
The incredibly awkward moment between a national reporter and the leader of the free world had Colbert’s audience breaking into shocked laughter, while Colbert imagined some other creative ways Trump might’ve tried to get rid of the pesky reporter. “Gotta do something about the nation of Charministan,” he joked, while pretending a roll of toilet paper was some sort of briefing scroll. “We must wipe them off the map. Is Dickerson still over there? I don’t wanna look.”
As Colbert pointed out, Trump reserved his sharpest dismissal of Dickerson for when he called his show “Deface the Nation” and accused him of being part of the “fake media.” That got Colbert, a fellow member of the CBS family, pretty worked up. “John Dickerson has way too much dignity to trade insults with the president of the United States to his face. But I, sir, am no John Dickerson,” he intoned before launching into a series of barbs. “Mr. Trump, your presidency, I love your presidency. I call it ‘Disgrace the Nation.’ You’re not the POTUS, you’re the BLOTUS. You’re the glutton with the button. You’re a regular Gorge Washington. You’re the Presi-dunce, but you are turning into a real Prick-tator. Sir, you attract more skinheads than free Rogaine.”
Colbert’s not one for pulling punches, famously mocking President Bush with a nearly half-hour ironic defense of his policies at the 2006 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. And with his late-night viewership seeming to rise as President Trump’s ratings falter, it’s unlikely to stop any time soon.
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