Political satirist Stephen Colbert has shown he has not been afraid to express his opinions about sitting Republican presidents, as proven by how he mocked George W. Bush to his face at the 2006 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Colbert has also dedicated no shortage of air time to criticizing President Donald Trump on The Late Show. He recently sat down with writer Frank Rich and gave him an uncensored, unfiltered account of what he thinks about President Trump.
In the interview for The Daily Beast, Colbert recalled what it felt like on the night of November 8, 2016, when he was stunned by the fact that Donald Trump had actually won the election. Recounted Stephen, “That night was a completely raw experience. We had so much material, man.” Colbert said that, on that night, some people in his show’s audience were actually openly crying. He said that the mood in the studio then was like “an audience full of Chilean villagers who have just been pulled into the soccer stadium to see their friends and neighbors executed.”
Colbert described how the mood has evolved as Trump’s presidency has unfolded. Said the host, “It’s sort of hackney to say ‘I wish for the old boring days.’ But boring is stability. We don’t know what’s going on with Donald Trump, that’s the scariest thing. It’s not that I disagree with him, it’s that I don’t know what the f*ck he thinks. If you can put aside your concern for the country, as a performer it’s great.” Explaining how things are different for him as a comedy show host during the Trump administration, Colbert said, “The emotional state is an honest one, which is ‘I wish this wasn’t happening, now let’s make a joke about the thing that’s on fire.’ Because that’s what it feels like. It feels like things are on fire…and I’m not a fireman. I’m a guy who dances next to the fire and says, ‘Let’s all admit this is on fire—do you think that should be on fire? Is that really something that we want to burn for fuel today?’…the hard thing is to dance close to the fire and not get burned by the fire.”