Following last night’s third and final presidential debate, Late Show host Stephen Colbert weighed in with his thoughts on the performance of the candidates, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The late-night star started the show by putting the Republican’s assertions that the 2016 presidential race is “rigged” center stage and offering evidence that Trump may actually be right.
The Colbert-rigged election evidence amounted to a curious camera angle of Hillary Clinton, causing the word “right” in the words of the U.S. Constitution displayed on the back of the debate stage to be cut off, appearing to spell “rig.” Colbert’s audience burst into laughter and applause when the evidence of the election fix was highlighted.
“You can’t make that up,” Stephen Colbert insisted above whistles and applause.
The host described the moment, for him, which defined the entire third debate, when Donald Trump was asked if he would accept the results of the November 8 general election.
“Are you saying you’re not prepared to commit to that principle?” the debate moderator, Fox News’ Chris Wallace, can be heard asking the GOP nominee.
“What I’m saying is that I’ll tell you at the time,” Donald Trump’s voice became unusually deep with his answer. “I’ll keep you in suspense.”
Appearing dumbfounded, Colbert stood on the Ed Sullivan Theater stage holding his hand to his mouth, considering Trump’s words. He asked for help.
“What’s the word?” the host openly wondered.
“That’s horrifying,” a clip of Hillary Clinton’s response to Trump’s refusal to commit to accepting the results of the election is shown, providing the word Stephen Colbert was looking for.
Once again, the audience broke out in applause and laughter.
Wondering if perhaps he had misheard Trump, the host asked his producers to play the Republican’s words once again. After the words, perceived as shocking by many, were replayed, Stephen Colbert ripped into the Republican presidential nominee.
“Oh, oh, suspense! Democracy is going to end with a cliff-hanger,” Colbert implored the audience.
“I guess we’re all going to have to wait until November 9 to find out if we still have a country. If Donald Trump is in the mood for a peaceful transition of power or if he’s just going to wipe his fat a** with the Constitution,” Colbert sarcastically lambasted Trump to what sounded like the audience saying “whoa” in unison as a response.
Stephen Colbert then remarked that he does “not envy” the task of Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway following the debate, leading the audience by suggesting that the show had footage of Conway backstage speaking with the media.
A clip of Uma Thurman engaged in a sword fight with dozens of people in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill was then played to applause from those gathered.
“She’s good,” Colbert comically understated. “She’s really good.”
The Late Show opening monologue then turned to guests of the Republican present at the debate. Donald Trump invited President Barack Obama’s half-brother Malik and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
Colbert openly wondered why Trump would agree to debate Hillary Clinton in Las Vegas, given his poor track record with casinos and universities, as previously reported by the Inquisitr. He then stated that this was the Republican’s “last chance” to impress his vision for America on undecided voters and those not familiar with him, citing “forest-dwelling hermits and crab fisherman, swept out to sea.”
The host then commented on the clothing worn by each candidate, noting Donald Trump’s “red power tie” and Hillary Clinton’s “deep space pope” pant suit.
Stephen Colbert mocked Donald Trump’s “tiny hands,” suggesting that a “very, very small replica” of the Second Amendment the candidate sees under a Hillary Clinton presidency would fit in the Republican’s hands well.
Last night, Hillary Clinton made clear that she supports the Second Amendment, but she feels that common sense measures need to be taken to keep guns out of the hands of toddlers, as well as terrorists.
“Hillary Clinton took the position that toddlers killing people equals bad.”
Colbert remarked that he had difficulty understanding where Hillary Clinton is able to “find the courage” to say such controversial things.
The Late Show host also covered Trump’s impressive ability to tweet during the debate, stating that “at least we knew where his hands were” and his seeming praise of President Obama’s deportation of “millions” of undocumented immigrants.
Guests appearing with Stephen Colbert included Hugh Laurie, Nate Silver, and Paul Reiser.
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