Late night television host Stephen Colbert appeared disappointed and dismayed Tuesday when his audience expressed energetic approval of the news that President Trump had fired FBI Director James Comey.
“The story that broke minutes ago, like less than 10 minutes ago,” Colbert said to his audience, “FBI Director James Comey has just been fired by Donald Trump.” Believing the Comey termination was a blow for the Trump administration, the audience cheered and applauded as Colbert laughed, then corrected the audience.
“Oh well, huge, huge Donald Trump fans here tonight!” he joked. Following the confusion, Colbert proceeded with his monologue ridiculing Trump. “That shows no gratitude at all,” Colbert said. “I mean, did Trump forget about the Hillary [Clinton] emails that Comey talked about?”
“Thanks for the presidency, Jimmy,” Colbert added while doing an impression of Trump, “now don’t let the door hit you where the Electoral College split ya.” The audience did not make the same mistake twice, and dutifully booed when Colbert mentioned U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Trump supporters scoffed at Colbert, an avid Trump critic, for the confusion:
— James W Styles (@Jules_J_007) May 10, 2017
— AWooooooO (@WanAwo0o0) May 10, 2017
Colbert’s audience of loyal leftists briefly forgot they were supposed to stop hating Comey once Trump fired him. https://t.co/FIGETA4k5k
— Brian Carey (@brianmcarey) May 10, 2017
If you want to know why the democrats must control the narrative, look no further than Colbert’s unpreparedness w/ audience 👏🏾 Comey firing.
— Ali (@ali) May 10, 2017
Comey was terminated Tuesday, causing many liberals to accuse Trump of attempting to thwart an investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government prior to the 2016 election. The Trump administration released a statement confirming that Comey was fired as a result of mishandling the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
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