Stephen Colbert has tried extremely hard to remain as neutral as he can be during the presidential election season. After years of mocking the right on The Colbert Report, his late night show has attempted to remain above the fray. But lately, the sheer lunacy of the Donald Trump campaign and the growing concern that this narcissistic, dangerous buffoon might have a shot of actually winning has clearly weighed heavily on the host.
Oftentimes before taping his show, Colbert will hang out with his audience and take questions. Sometimes they are personal ones, like this beautiful story about how he met his wife, but occasionally they are political. Tonight, the question of Donald Trump and his relationship with Vladimir Putin came up and Colbert clearly couldn’t help himself. An unidentified woman in the audience asks him what he would ask Donald Trump if the Republican nominee ever dared show up on his program, and Colbert ad libbed a one line takedown for the ages.
Well, we’re not broadcasting right now so I guess I’d say ‘What does Vladimir Putin’s d*ck taste like?’
It brought the house down. It even managed to crack Colbert himself up.
— Matt Wilstein (@TheMattWilstein) July 28, 2016
According to the Daily Beast’s Matt Wilstein, the joke killed so hard that the show’s writers and network execs are trying to figure out a way to throw it into the live show tonight.
As ever with Colbert’s searing comedy, there is an element of truth there. In the past week, the world has learned that Russia not only appears to have been responsible for hacking into the DNC’s private emails and releasing them to discredit Hillary Clinton, but that Donald Trump has uncomfortable ties to Putin. Things have only gotten worse for Trump after he gave a hastily arranged press conference with reporters that included to a message meant directly for Russia, encouraging the country to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails and release them. He even promised they would be “rewarded” for the effort.
Russia, if you are listening. I hope you are able to find the 30K emails that are missing. You will be rewarded mightily by the press.
The comments have led to outrage on the left, silence on the right, and condemnation from many of America’s more preeminent leaders of the intelligence community. It’s also led to one of Stephen Colbert’s greatest jokes ever.
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