Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart teamed as much as honor President Trump’s request for “equal time” on TV.
But it surely most likely wasn’t what Trump had in thoughts.
On “The Late Present” on Monday evening, Colbert kicked issues off by referencing a Trump tweet over the weekend that urged late-night hosts are “at all times anti-Trump” and will give him extra “Equal Time” on the air.
(That is probably not the way it works. Whereas a federal rule entitles political candidates to the identical quantity of airtime as their opponents for non-news TV appearances, it is restricted to marketing campaign seasons.)
“You can be the steadiness,” Colbert instructed Stewart, teeing up the bit. “I’ll do my traditional unfair slamming of the president, and you’ll present the counterweight.”
Colbert urged that, when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly called the president a “moron,” he “gave away Trump’s Secret Service code title.”
When it got here time for Stewart to supply the steadiness, he hemmed and hawed.
“Donald Trump.” A pause. “Will not be a cannibal.”
The previous “Every day Present” host made a pair extra makes an attempt. He mentioned the president’s relationship with girls was “higher than Harvey Weinstein,” the Hollywood producer who was just fired amid mounting sexual harassment allegations.
But it surely all broke down after Colbert performed a clip of Trump standing alongside army leaders and their households. The president had cryptically instructed reporters that they have been seeing “the calm before the storm.”
“What the f*** is flawed with this man?” Stewart yelled. “How is all this not the storm? That is all of the storm. What sort of a sociopath would use that terminology whereas persons are nonetheless actually cleansing up from storms?”
He added: “I am unable to do it.”
CNNMoney (New York) First revealed October 10, 2017: 12:14 PM ET