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‘Somebody give this guy a Xanax’: Stephen Colbert brutally mocks Trump’s Obama-wiretap tweet storm

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Stephen Colbert on Monday mocked Donald Trump over his “weekend tweet storm,” nailing the president for claiming—without evidence—that former President Barack Obama tapped Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential election.

Colbert referenced Trump’s Saturday tweet, sent at 6:45 a.m., that charged Obama with tapping the president’s wires “just before the victory”—a move the president called “McCarthyism.”

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“Who wakes up that angry?” Colbert asked, noting Trump’s tweet time. “I’m serious, somebody give this guy a Xanax. Or a bran muffin. Or a bran muffin just stuffed with Xanax, like a ‘branax,’ or something.”

The Late Show host then hounded the president for later tweeting that the unverified phone tapping “Is Nixon/Watergate.”

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“Wait you just said it was McCarthyism!” Colbert exclaimed. “Now it’s Nixon/Watergate? Pick your historical analogy.”

“This is the Pearl Harbor of Hindenburg, Great Depression, D-Day, finale of Lost! Finale of Lost,” Colbert joked.

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Watch the clip below, via @colbertlateshow Twitter:

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Pope Francis struck with unknown illness one day after expressing solidarity with coronavirus sufferers

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Just one day after expressing solidarity and support for coronavirus sufferers, Pope Francis has come down with a virus himself, forcing him to cancel a planned mass in Rome, the New York Post reports.

The unknown illness struck the Pope while the coronavirus spreads across Italy. According to CNN, Italian authorities have cordoned off areas where more than 50,000 people live in an attempt to prevent further outbreaks. Around 400 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Italy, and 12 have died.

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‘Rich people have profited enough’: New poll shows two-thirds of Americans support wealth tax to combat inequality

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Support for a wealth tax to combat persistent inequality in the U.S. is growing, according to a new poll released Wednesday by TheHill/HarrisX which found that just over two-thirds of Americans favor a tax on the wealthiest households.

Sixty-seven percent of respondents—including majorities of Democrats and Independents—said there should be a wealth tax on billionaires, as Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have proposed.

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A major U.S. stock market index posted its biggest two-day drop on record, erasing all the gains from the previous two months; companies including Apple and Walmart have been warning of potential sales losses from COVID-19 and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Americans to prepare for the outbreak to spread to the United States, with unknown but potentially “bad” consequences.

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