Stephen Colbert slammed Donald Trump on Monday’s episode of The Late Show for the president-elect’s Twitter tirade against the cast of Hamilton over the weekend.
Trump demanded an apology from the hit musical after actor Brandon Victor Dixon read a prepared statement to Vice President-elect Mike Pence from the stage on Friday night. (Pence attended the show and was booed by the audience before it began.) In the aftermath, Pence said he wasn’t “offended” by the speech, which included a plea for the Trump administration to govern for all Americans. Trump, however, was mad, tweeting among other things, “The Theater must always be a safe and special place.The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize!”
“First of all, Mr. Trump, the only president who gets to complain about the theater is Abraham Lincoln,” Colbert said on Monday night. “Second, I don’t know, where did you get this idea that the theater is safe? I’ve seen Cats. You think you’re safe but then all the cat people start coming off the stage and try to sit in your lap and crawl up the walls. President Trump, build the fourth wall, and make Andrew Lloyd Webber pay for it.”
During his tweet storm, Trump also wrote that he heard Hamilton “is highly overrated” (he has not seen the show). The comment drew mock ire from Colbert: “Okay, stop, now you’ve gone too far. You can pull out of NATO, you can round up immigrants, but Hamilton overrated? No.”
After also joking about an online boycott of Hamilton by Trump supporters (“Okay, let me point something out, you can’t boycott something you can’t get”), Colbert then debuted a musical spoof of Trump’s war with the Tony Award-winning musical, set to the show’s opening number.
“How does an orange bully, son of a bitch, and a con man, grabbing p—y with Gary Busey, no taxes evident, grow up to be a hero and the president?” Colbert sang. “Well the story of my reign starts on the Great White Way with a great white-haired veep who doesn’t like the gay. I always thought the theater was a safe and special place but when the vice president’s in residence, some thugs get up in his face. Cameras blazing come right at him with his scary tights, blast him, bang, with a request to protect their rights. Stabbing him with rudeness, the cast casting aspersions before Pence can hit them back with some gay conversions. He got a lecture. He got hectored in his tiny little seat. I won’t let my veep go down like that. Men, to the tweets!”
Watch the full spoof below.