Stephen Colbert is worried about one of the presidential powers Donald Trump will inherit after his inauguration next month.
U.S. presidents have been authorized to send nationwide, unblockable text alerts to every mobile phone number, but Trump presents a potential problem that others have not.
“It seems like every day there’s a new story about Trump’s tweets,” Colbert said. “It’s his main way of communicating now. It’s how he’s going to talk to the American people, how he’s going to comfort us in hard times — you know, his toilet-side chats.”
Trump’s tweets can be avoided or ignored, Colbert said — but this new presidential power is unavoidable.
“You can unfollow Trump, delete Twitter, go into the world, live your life, but the bad news is, starting Jan. 20, Donald Trump can send unblockable mass text messages to the entire nation,” Colbert said.
President Barack Obama hasn’t used the nationwide text alert once, but Colbert doesn’t trust Trump not to abuse his powers.
“The only person I would trust less with that technology is Anthony Weiner,” Colbert said. “Yes, feel free to block alerts about floods and missing persons, but if Trump wants you to know how he feels about the cast of ‘Hamilton,’ you will listen.”