Stephen Colbert’s "Late Night" show cracks at Donald Trump are nothing new, but the comedian is taking criticism after Monday night’s opening monologue featured a rant a of scathing insults, including a sexually explicit jab at Trump and Vladimir Putin.
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Generally seen as the more ‘tame’ of the late night comedy shows, Colbert started the monologue with recaps of Trump’s first 100 days, using his popular impression of the president’s voice to read out various quotes, and making fun of Trump’s ‘T-Rex hands’ to raucous applause from the audience.
Colbert then used a recent, painfully awkward, CBS interview with President Trump in the Oval Office as fodder. In a clip from the interview, the president refuses to answer the reporter’s question on Trump's wiretapping allegation against Obama. The president then walks away mid-sentence. He sits down at his desk and pretends to read through some documents in an effort to ignore the camera crew still in the room.
Colbert’s response was merciless, with the "Late Night" host running an impression of Trump reading over a toilet paper roll and using a banana as a phone.
After a replay of Trump referring to long-running CBS show Face the Nation as “Deface the Nation.” Colbert defended his colleague and the host of Face the Nation, John Dickerson, saying Dickerson has “way too much dignity to trade insults with a president of the United States to his face.” He then added, “I sir, am no John Dickerson.”
Things escalated from there, with Colbert descending into a long string of insults including: “Sir, you attract more skinheads than free Rogaine. You have more people marching against you than cancer. You talk like a sign-language gorilla that got hit in the head.”
Colbert ended his monologue with the unusually harsh and controversial remark: “In fact, the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s cock holster.”
Many on social media began protesting the remark, calling it homophobic. Calls to boycott the network began springing up, and the hashtag #FireColbert began trending on Twitter.