Stephen Colbert tore into GOP presidential hopefuls Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Jeb Bush for their stance on Syrian refugees coming to America during Thursday’s The Late Show.
“The question of whether to let Syrian refugees into this country has become the new political issue. Completely overshadowing the old political issue: whether to let Mexicans in this country,” Colbert said at the start of the segment.
The host highlighted a recent speech by Trump, where the Republican frontrunner said Syrians wouldn’t want to come to an American state like Minnesota because of the climate.
“It’s a tough call for the refugees. ‘Do I want to stay in a war zone where my family faces certain death, or do I want to go somewhere where I have to put on a jacket before I go to the mall?'” Colbert joked.
He also took issue with comments made by Cruz and Bush about how the U.S. could accept Syrian refugees who are Christian, but not those who are Muslims. Colbert showed footage of Bush saying that one way to tell if a Syrian refugee practiced Christianity was simply to ask. He then provided Bush and others with a test.
“If you want to know if somebody is Christian, just ask them to complete this sentence. Jesus said, ‘I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you …'” Colbert said. “If they don’t say, ‘welcomed me in’ they are either a terrorist or they are running for president.”
Watch Colbet’s pointed take in the segment below.