After Colin Powell Leak, Stephen Colbert Advises Politicians "Never Use Email"

The Hollywood Reporter

Stephen Colbert's monologue on Wednesday focused on the Colin Powell email leak.

He called it a "huge story that reinforces what I believe is the central message of the 2016 election: Never use email."

Colbert addressed the "real bombshells" contained in the emails, like Powell's opinions on presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Powell called Trump a "national disgrace" and an "international pariah." But Colbert doesn't think that's entirely accurate.

"He's also an international disgrace and a national pariah," the host said of Trump.

The Late Show host agreed with Powell that insulting Trump publicly won't help anything. "It's true, you cannot stop Trump by calling him stupid," said Colbert. "He's like Forrest Gump, OK? He was big in the '90s, somehow acquired a fortune and runs longer than anyone thought he could. The only difference is Forrest Gump went to Vietnam."

Powell's comments on Clinton, meanwhile, were characterized by Colbert as "either a backhanded compliment or a front-handed insult." He read an excerpt in which Powell describes Clinton as having "a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational."

Bill Clinton didn't get away unscathed either, Colbert pointed out. Powell reportedly referred to him as "a husband still dicking bimbos at home."

"Wow, dicking bimbos," said Colbert, joking that the accusation sounds like the "worst Dave Matthews song ever."


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