Stephen Colbert is back to take on the GOP convention and its presumptive nominee
Posted July 21, 2016
It’s official: Stephen Colbert is taking on the Republican National Convention with comedy and satire.
Colbert made headlines twice Monday, the first day of the Republican National Convention, reminding Americans what he brings to the political commentary realm.
On Monday night’s episode of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," he brought back his faux-conservative character to talk about Donald Trump and the real-estate mogul’s potential nomination, according to The Hill. Colbert primarily played this character on “The Colbert Report,” the comedian’s show he left in 2015.
“Hello, nation. Did you miss me? I sure did,” he said.
The character focused much of his speech on Trump.
“A lot of people are wondering how America, God’s girlfriend, ended up in a relationship with this guy,” he said.
Colbert went on to describe how he and Trump actually aren’t all that different.
“We’re both over-the-top TV personalities who decided to run for president,” he said. “Both started as a joke.”
Still, Colbert used the segment to create a new word — "Trumpiness," which refers to some of Trump's rhetoric that doesn't even sound believable.
The show's host also made an appearance on the RNC stage Sunday to film a skit for his late night show. As Rolling Stone reported, Colbert has spent the bulk of the election season presenting his “Hungry for Power Games” sketch, where Colbert, with blue hair, comments on the election season like he’s a character from The Hunger Games series.
This character had previously promised to cause havoc at the RNC.
So Sunday, it wasn’t too surprising to see the character on stage, speaking out to those in attendance.
Colbert began his fake speech by acknowledging that Trump and Pence are a rather boring alliance.
“So it is my honor to hereby launch and begin the 2016 Republican National Hungry For Power Games!” he yells right after.
A security guard enters the stage and pretends to take him off in a fit of fury.
“I know I’m not supposed to be up here,” Colbert quipped, “but let’s be honest, neither is Donald Trump.”
Colbert’s return to the political commentary realm this weekend may only be the beginning, according to The Daily Beast. If comedy fans get their way, we’ll be seeing a lot more of the late night host this election season.
“The political circus that is about to capture the nation’s attention are Colbert’s chance to prove he still has what it takes,” The Daily Beast explained. “Let’s hope he seizes it.”
Herb Scribner is a writer for Deseret Digital Media.