While some compared the moment with Geraldo Rivera’s infamous unearthing of Al Capone’s vault, others thought it masterful by drawing in the viewers (including Trump supporters) and using the preamble to review her recent investigation into Trump’s Russian ties.
With my short attention span, I do sometimes find her openings too long, but she always has a point she’s heading to.
Watch Colbert demonstrate the “Maddow method” below:
Last night, The Late Show‘s Stephen Colbert did not miss his chance to riff on President Trump’s latest gaffe – the “incident” in Sweden that never happened.
“And just because this attack didn’t happen, folks, doesn’t mean we don’t stand in solidarity with all the people who did not suffer.”
Referencing Trump’s apparent news source for comment and his propensity for skipping intelligence briefings, Colbert said, “I guess Trump only accepts intelligence reports with the logo, ‘As Seen on TV.’”
During his monologue on Monday’s live edition of The Late Show, Colbert called out Trump’s sniffles, joking that Trump “sounded like he was fighting off a cold with cocaine.”
After playing a montage of Trump sniffling, Colbert added, “He sounded like the coked-up best man in the bathroom at a wedding. ‘You guys, I got it, I know how we can fix the entire economy. Let’s buy a boat.’”
“All I know is this,” Trump claimed. “I went to a top police officer in Chicago, who is not the police chief, and I could see by the way he was dealing with his people, he was a rough, tough guy, they respected him greatly.”
“We here at the Late Show, we’ve done a little digging, and that cop is here tonight,” Colbert began before introducing “Officer Rod Johnson.”
Colbert asked ‘Officer Johnson” what specifically he told Trump.
“I told him there are some naughty people out there who need to be in cuffs,’ Johnson replied, before identifying himself as a “rough tough cop.”
The footage shows Colbert in his “Caesar Flickerman” regalia declaring from the stage that Trump “has formed an alliance with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence” before seemingly falling asleep at the mention of Pence’s name.
“Sorry, I blacked out there for a moment,” he says upon recovering, before proclaiming that “it is my honor to hereby launch and begin the 2016 Republican National Hungry For Power Games!”
At that point a security guard is seen hassling Colbert, who quickly protests, “I know I’m not supposed to be up here — honest, neither is Donald Trump.”