Stephen Colbert wasted no time in attacking president-elect Donald Trump for appointing Steve Bannon as his chief strategist, hitting Bannon for his ties to the alt-right and white nationalism on Monday’s episode of The Late Show.
“This is Donald Trump’s new chief strategist and Robert Redford dredged from a river, Steve Bannon,” Colbert said, showing a photo of Bannon. He then explained Breitbart News, which is where Bannon worked as president before joining up with Trump. “Now, Bannon’s best known for running something called Breitbart News. If you’ve never read Breitbart, it’s the news your racist uncle gets sent to him by his racist uncle,” Colbert said.
The host showed some of Breitbart’s controversial headlines, including one titled “Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew,” and noted how the site is frequently accused of racism, sexism, and anti-Semitism.
“Bannon is considered a leader of what’s known of the alt-right, an extreme online movement with ties to white supremacy,” Colbert said. “Here’s how to understand the alt-right: think about what’s right, then think about the alternative to that. But Bannon wants to reassure everyone there’s more to the alt-right than that. ‘Are there anti-Semitic people involved in the alt-right? Absolutely. Are there racist people involved in the alt-right? Absolutely. But I don’t believe that the movement overall is anti-Semitic.'”
Colbert added, “So it’s not ‘overall’ anti-Semitic. Come to my party! The birthday cake is only part-turd. Eat up!”
Both the KKK and American Nazi Party praised Trump’s decision to put Bannon in a position of power within the White House. Speaking Monday, President Barack Obama declined to comment on Bannon when asked about him during a press conference. “I think it’s fair to say that it would not be appropriate for me to comment on every appointment that the president-elect starts making if I want to be consistent with the notion that we’re going to try to facilitate a smooth transition,” Obama said.
Watch Colbert below.