Which is not great news for the folks in the backseat.

By Oliver Gettell
March 21, 2017 at 10:35 PM EDT
Credit: CBS

As stories of paranoia and palace intrigue continue to swirl around President Trump’s White House, Stephen Colbert has offered his take on the tumult, and it involves a sobering canine analogy.

Riffing on reports that White House staffers are taking extreme measures to keep their work and private lives under wraps, Colbert said in his Late Show monologue Tuesday, “I think this paranoia is just the frustration every new administration has with Washington, D.C. It happens every time, you know. You went to Washington, you went to work for Trump because you wanted to tear down the government. Now you have to deal with it, now you are the government.”

Trump and his team, he continued, are “like a dog who spent his whole life chasing a car — now he has to drive the car.”

Underscoring that image, Colbert said, “We’re not happy about it either, by the way. Remember, we’re in the backseat of a car being driven by a dog now.”

The Late Show airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on CBS.

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