Comedian Stephen Colbert wrapped up his live election special on a somber note Tuesday night, calling for a reprieve from “poisonous” politics.
During his hourlong Showtime special, titled Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going To Clean Up This S‑‑‑?, the Late Night host acknowledged the toll the election season has exacted on Americans. “Now I think we can agree that this has been an absolutely exhausting, bruising election for everyone, and it has come to an ending that I did not imagine. We all now feel the way Rudy Giuliani looks,” Colbert said. “Seeing this election, people all around the world… everybody’s going to be saying, ‘Has America lost its mind?’ And the answer is, evidently, ‘Back off buddy, we got 300 million guns, and we’re kinda stressed right now.'”
Colbert went on to call on Americans to find common ground. “By every metric, we are more divided than ever as a nation,” he said. “But you know what, everybody feels that way. … Both sides are terrified of the other side, and I think that’s why the voting booth has a curtain, so you have some place to hide after the election’s over.”
And now that the election’s over, the comedian suggested Americans lay the political rhetoric to rest — at least for a few years. “Politics is everywhere, and that takes up precious brainspace we could be using to remember all the things we actually have in common. So whether your side won or lost, we don’t have to do this s— for a while,” Colbert said. “Above all, we as a nation agree that we should never, ever have another election like this one. Now please get out there and kiss a Democrat. Go hug a Republican. Go give a Libertarian a reach-around. You survived. Good night, and God bless America.”
See Colbert’s full speech in the video above.