This Monologue Goes Out To You, Mr. President
On Monday, Stephen Colbert decided he would not let the president’s insults of his CBS colleague John Dickerson go unchallenged.
(President Trump had called Dickerson’s show, “Face the Nation,” “Deface the Nation” before prematurely ending an interview with him at the White House after he asked about the president’s claims that President Obama wiretapped him.)
In part of Colbert’s “Late Show” monologue addressed to Trump (it starts at about the 11-minute mark in the video above), which currently claims more than 1.8 million views on YouTube, the high-profile Montclair resident deployed some pointed one-liners skewering the president. Among them:
- “Mr. Trump, your presidency? I love your presidency. I call it ‘Disgrace the Nation.'”
- “You’re turning into a real prick-tator.”
- “You attract more skinheads than free Rogaine.”
- “You have more people marching against you than cancer.”
- “The only thing smaller than your hands is your tax returns (an earlier joke compared Trump’s description of the size of his tax returns to the size of something else).”
- “The only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s **** holster.”
Apparently this did not sit well with a portion of the tweeting public. They railed at Colbert’s roast of the president — that Putin line in particular, with some claiming it was homophobic — calling for the “Late Show” host to get the ax. Yet others mocked the #FireColbert set for espousing the importance of free speech only to come down on Colbert’s critical statements. Others found the hashtag laughable.
Here’s a cross section of the #FireColbert tweets from Tuesday night.[&lt;a href=”//storify.com/NJentertainment/stephen-colbert-s-trump-jokes-ignite-firecolbert” target=”_blank”&gt;View the story “Stephen Colbert’s Trump jokes ignite #FireColbert” on Storify&lt;/a&gt;]&lt;h1&gt;Stephen Colbert’s Trump jokes ignite #FireColbert&lt;/h1&gt;&lt;h2&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;&lt;p&gt;Storified by &lt;a href=”https://storify.com/NJentertainment”&gt;NJ.com&lt;/a&gt;&amp;middot; Wed, May 03 2017 05:05:55
&lt;/p&gt;&lt;div&gt;As the hashtag obviously indicates, some called for Colbert&amp;apos;s ouster. &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;Just made my call to tell CBS to #FireColbert – left a msg.
Here’s the number 212-975-3247 . Your turn.
#FireColbert the sleaze ball. https://t.co/fsYea3jbP5America&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;RT to let @CBS know that you want this disrespectful asshat fired. #FireColbert https://t.co/XxiiJDzTYUAlaskans4Trump [?] [?] &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;The #Hate Show w/ #StevenColbert
#FireColbert https://t.co/6uVmlFbNyR@Kos_Cars&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;#FireColbert CBS stock a SELL/SHORT until @cbs fires the HOMOPHOBIC, not funny HATE-FILLED PENIS ENVY &amp;quot;little man.&amp;quot; https://t.co/eDxaqsO0Qi https://t.co/URS7MIuRaGBlue Snowshoe [?] &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;#FireColbert https://t.co/4zBY4jqevc[?] Jamie B [?] &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;#FireColbert Then just a suggestion , give up YOUR show for a woman host since you so advocate for it so much! https://t.co/j0wZN9aXPp[?] [?] Corr[?] [?] &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;@TEN_GOP @CBS #FireColbert https://t.co/6bsI4T5HJPRogue Leader&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;@AtheistForTrump @klove_18 No it was an insult to the entire homosexual community.
#firecolbert https://t.co/0flYCWJwh5McShekelBerg Golddog&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;Others pointed out Trump&amp;apos;s own history of off-color or inflammatory remarks. Some found the outrage laughable, dismissing the notion that Colbert&amp;apos;s language was homophobic. &lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;Steve Colbert sees #FireColbert trending. #GiveColbertARaise https://t.co/19lxZl5EJMApril S.&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;Ahhh… the #FireColbert hashtag brings back such memories… https://t.co/Du08hOQpeNDanny Hooley&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;[?] More viewers for me, more viewers for me[?] #FireColbert https://t.co/RRmqfvpg0jKaren M. Cazares&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;#FireColbert hashtag goes down in flames like the rest of Trump’s first 100 days.
in his place
#firecolbert https://t.co/hiUGjYTQBwLeslie&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;This #FireColbert hashtag is like a hydroponics farm for salty bigots. https://t.co/Dhr4ETF0vMPunch Nazis&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;How was the remark by @StephenAtHome even remotely homophobic? Stop reaching! #FireColbert https://t.co/IDDlvqolGHHannah Danielle&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;#FireColbert? It’s not like he said the President wasn’t born in US, was a pussy, or bled from wherever. https://t.co/hLZxq9LX7vJon Perr&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;Trump brags about sexual assault
The Right: Locker room talk! Snowflakes!
Colbert makes a bad joke
Republicans: Boo!! #FireColbert
Me: https://t.co/boTsPnb2NCJax&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;A late night TV host says one off color comment: #FireColbert is trending
Take your pick of what Trumps said: #ImpeachTrump is non existent https://t.co/mKjDiYdyK1Jaime&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div&gt;Yeah it sucks to have someone insult your president on television like that I wish there was another example of that somewhere
#FireColbert https://t.co/rMBZbDGB6cbrandon humble&lt;/div&gt;