Stephen Colbert laid into President Donald Trump and his former advisor Steve Bannon on Thursday’s episode of The Late Show, jokingly throwing up a Nazi salute to the president in the process.
“This Sunday, Bannon’s making his first post-White House appearance right here on CBS — and surprisingly, it is not as a corpse on NCIS,” Colbert said of Bannon, who will appear on 60 Minutes this weekend. “‘How long was this guy floating in the harbor?'”
During his interview, Bannon defended Trump’s comments in the wake of the Charlottesville, Virginia white supremacist violence, which were condemned because of Trump blaming “both sides” for the deadly clashes.
“By the way, after the Charlottesville situation, that’s what I told [White House Chief of Staff] General [John] Kelly, I was the only guy that came out and tried to defend him,” Bannon said. “I was the only guy that said, ‘He’s talking about something, taking it up to a higher level.’ Where does it all go? Where does this end? Does it end — does it end in taking down the Washington Monument?”
On The Late Show, Colbert played a clip from that portion of the interview, stopping to highlight Bannon’s claim that Trump is “taking it up a higher level.”
“He’s definitely taking it to a higher level. I’d say his support is right up there,” Colbert joked, raising his hand up to replicate the Nazi salute. (Watch Colbert in the video above starting at the 4:40 mark.)
Colbert has attacked Trump throughout his presidency and has previously used Nazi iconography to mock the president. Back in 2016, before Trump was even elected, Colbert drew a swastika to joke about Trump’s response to the Orlando, Florida massacre at a gay nightclub that left 49 dead.