At this point, comedian Stephen Colbert has tied his career so closely to an anti-Trump narrative that he’s jumped the shark as an entertainer.
On Wednesday night on CBS, Colbert went after the president’s relationship with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who as President Donald Trump’s attorney has been making the media rounds with his perspective on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
“Trump also complains that he needs better ‘TV lawyers’ to defend him on cable news,” said Colbert, referring to a recent Washington Post report alleging that Trump told close associates he needed better defenders on television.
Colbert then went into a weak impression of the president.
“Jared, Jared, get me Matlock on the phone. What’s that? What’s that? He’s dead and never really existed? That’s a mystery. Get me Mrs. ‘Murder, She Wrote!’ Get me ‘Colombo,’” Colbert joked, even at one point cracking himself up and breaking character.
He continued, “And who does Trump think is a TV lawyer upgrade? Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani … Giuliani says he and Trump are in lockstep on strategy. In fact, he says of his relationship with Trump, ‘We’re on the same wavelength.’ Yes, they’re so close, it’s like they finish each other’s prison sentences.”
So this is the new low that late-night comedy has fallen to: Colbert now resorts to sad puns.
Way to go, sir. Keep up the backbreaking work.