Stephen Colbert on Trump's 'enemies list': 'Zero to Nixon in no time flat'
Stephen Colbert used the lengthy opening monologue of Thursday’s Late Show to slam president-elect Donald Trump’s meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House, cast aspersions at the rumored advisers Trump plans to hire as president, and call out the former reality television host for a purported list of “enemies.”
Of the Obama-Trump meeting, Colbert said, “Can you imagine? Just put yourself in that private room when they were together. Can you imagine? Awkward! The first African-American president sitting down with a president-elect who was endorsed by the Klan. A guy who spent five years, created his political career demanding Obama prove where he was born, then denying he did it. What did they talk about?”
And with news that politicians such as Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich, Chris Christie, and Sarah Palin could be appointed to cabinet positions in Trump’s White House, Colbert joked that he wasn’t necessarily surprised.
“It makes sense: They’re exactly what I’d expect to find at the bottom of a drained swamp,” Colbert said, referencing one of Trump’s rally cries during the campaign, “Drain the swamp.”
Colbert added, the proposed names for positions are “a pile of garbage.”
“And then, we’re not done!” Colbert added. “Then there’s Trump’s White House staff. I know I’m super excited to find out what role there is for Omarosa [Manigault]. She was Trump’s campaign director of African-American outreach. Oh, news flash, the Trump campaign was doing African-American outreach, and apparently hiring Omarosa was all of it.”
Colbert then discussed how on election night, Manigault told the Independent Journal Review that “it’s so great our enemies are making themselves clear so that when we get into the White House, we know where we stand,” and added, “I would never judge anybody for exercising their right to and the freedom to choose who they want. But let me just tell you, Mr. Trump has a long memory and we’re keeping a list.”
“Wow, an enemies list. They went from zero to Nixon in no time flat,” Colbert said, before playing an earlier clip of Manigault saying “every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump” were he to win.
“It was Sam Bee and Seth Meyers!” Colbert shouted in response to the Manigault video, blaming other late-night hosts for speaking out against Trump. “They’re the ones who said all those horrible things about you. I was just joking. All hail our glorious leader! Giant hands! You’ve got giant hands! You’re going to be great!”
But Colbert’s capitulation to president-elect Trump was short lived. He added after a long pause, “…is what a p—y would say.”