After president-elect Donald Trump went on a Twitter spree slamming the Tony-winning musical Hamilton for directly addressing his VP-elect Mike Pence during a performance last week, The Late Show host Stephen Colbert re-wrote a Hamilton number in honor of the soon-to-be tweeter-in-chief.
"First of all, Mr. Trump, the only president who gets to complain about the theater is Abraham Lincoln," Colbert during his opening monologue on Monday night (Nov. 21) in reaction to Trump's pause from assembling his presidential cabinet to lecture on the importance of the theater being a "safe and special place" while demanding an apology from the Hamilton cast for their "very rude" behavior. "Second, I don't know, where did you get this idea that the theater is safe? I've seen Cats. You think you're safe but then all the cat people start coming off the stage and try to sit in your lap and crawl up the walls. President Trump, build the fourth wall, and make Andrew Lloyd Webber pay for it."
Then Colbert did what he does best: He eviscerated the thin-skinned real estate mogul/pending leader of the free world in song. "How does an orange bully, son of a bitch, and a con man, grabbing p---y with Gary Busey, no taxes evident, grow up to be a hero and the president?" Colbert rapped in his best Hamilton cadence. "Well the story of my reign starts on the Great White Way with a great white-haired veep who doesn't like the gay / I always thought the theater was a safe and special place but when the vice president's in residence, some thugs get up in his face / Cameras blazing come right at him with his scary tights, blast him, bang, with a request to protect their rights / Stabbing him with rudeness, the cast casting aspersions before Pence can hit them back with some gay conversions."
Check out the whole song below (it begins at 6:46):