It seemed like every late-night television host had something to say about President Trump’s meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Even Jimmy Fallon, who has maintained The Tonight Show isn’t really about politics, found himself alongside Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, and Trevor Noah in slamming Trump for publicly siding with Russia and questioning America’s intelligence agencies.
“Today has shaken me to my core,” Colbert began on The Late Show Monday night. “And I don’t think I need to point out that, at 54, there’s not a lot of core left.” He then proceeded to read two quotes from Abraham Lincoln: “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves,” and “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
“So, with that in mind,” he continued, “I’m thinking that maybe in the interest of unity the most patriotic thing we can do right now is not pointing out the alarming behavior of our president, but instead, just shut up and take it until he’s gone. Does anybody feel like just taking it?” When a resounding “No!” came from the audience, Colbert added, “Me neither.”
Trump met with Putin at a summit in Helsinki, Finland on Monday, both privately and publicly. Standing