Since winning the presidential election last week, Donald Trump has tweeted multiple times, including to call out the New York Times for its coverage. “For the president-elect to be tweeting at all is just weird. It just feels strange, doesn’t it?” Stephen Colbert said about Trump’s social media habits on Wednesday’s episode of The Late Show.
The host then played a clip from Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) on CNN, where Collins defended Trump’s social media usage as a form of relaxation.
“The enormity of the job ahead of him, and so I would have to say if this is his way of relaxing, god bless him,” Collins said.
“Is this really how we’re going to treat the Commander-in-Chief?” Colbert asked on Wednesday. “He likes it, it’s fun. Let him play with the button, it calms him down. It’s shiny and red like a toy.”
A fiery Colbert added, “I’m going to call bullsh– on this. Twitter isn’t Trump’s entertainment, it’s his way around the press.” The host then explained how Trump also left behind his protective press pool this week to attend a dinner with his family unannounced. “As the president-elect, Donald Trump is supposed to remain with what’s called a protective press pool. Which exists to document the movements of the president, particularly if there’s something unexpected or significant happening. Reporters need to be with the president in case something catastrophic happens. I’m sorry, in case something else catastrophic happens,” Colbert joked.
During an interview with 60 Minutes this week, Trump called Twitter a “great form of communication,” and said he enjoyed using the platform to “get the word out,” especially when faced with a “bad story” or an “inaccurate story.” In the days since the election, Trump has used his Twitter account to thank voters for their support, praise military veterans, and attack the New York Times as well as protesters (whom he called “professional protesters incited by the media”). The president-elect, who lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton, also wrote, “If the election were based on total popular vote I would have campaigned in N.Y. Florida and California and won even bigger and more easily.” He added in a second tweet, “The Electoral College is actually genius in that it brings all states, including the smaller ones, into play. Campaigning is much different!”
Back in 2012, Trump called the Electoral College a “disaster for a democracy.”