Stephen Colbert calls out Trump for 'ending the evil thing he started' with family separation
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday that was meant to end the separation of families detained at the U.S.-Mexico border. “I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated,” he said before signing the document, but Stephen Colbert offered a reminder to everyone.
“Trump made it a big signing ceremony to make it look like he did something good, instead of admitting he was just ending the evil thing he started,” the Late Show host told his television audience Wednesday night. “That’s like wanting credit for solving the crimes you committed. It’s all on the new CBS drama Murder, She Murdered.”
Celebrities, politicians, and activists alike spoke out against the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy at the border after audio and video emerged of children at detention facilities. “He folded like an origami Trump casino,” Colbert said of the new order.
Still, the host was perplexed by Trump’s action, especially since Colbert showed footage of the president claiming “you can’t do it” — i.e. fix the family separation problem — “through an executive order.”
“His hands were tied, he said!” Colbert exclaimed, echoing Trump. “How could he end this? It was the Democrats, their laws, he said!”
Citing a Bowdoin College political science professor, Andrew Rudalevige, Colbert then wondered if anything had really changed. Rudalevige argued the “‘maintain family unity’ policy only applies ‘to the extent permitted by law,’ and the [administration] claims the law does not allow them to maintain family unity.” As The New York Times also pointed out, the order has no specific language regarding the more than 2,300 children that have already been separated from their parents.
“It’s like one of those brain teasers where one man tells lies and we elected him president,” Colbert said.
And don’t think Colbert forgot about Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager who said “womp womp” to the story of a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome being separated from her mother. He called this man a “douche in the headlights” during his takedown.
“Congratulations, Corey Lewandowski. You sold your soul to Trump and you got nothing for it,” the Late Show host said. “And for the rest of your life, you’ll be remembered for that moment. In fact, I’m being told we have obtained an exclusive view of the opening line of Corey’s obituary: ‘Former Trump campaign manager and mocker of children with Down syndrome, Corey Lewandowski, died today at the age of 103. Womp womp.'”
Watch clips from The Late Show above.