CBS’ Stephen Colbert on Monday employed his spot-on impression of Fox News host “Judge” Jeanine Pirro after the Donald Trump loyalist delivered a diatribe of epic (and “disturbing“) proportions last weekend.
In a New York Times profile, published Sunday, it was reported that Pirro recently spent “more than an hour” at the White House “whipping up the president against Robert Mueller,” the special counsel leading an investigation into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.
“It’s his dream come true! A live performance of Fox News,” Colbert exclaimed. “In the commercial break, they even sold him self-lubricating catheter.”
“The Late Show” host noted Trump “eventually got tired of her screed”—but the president’s short attention span didn’t phase the Fox News anchor.
“Judge Pirro has a need, a need for screed,” Colbert said. “So she kept up her attack on Mueller and the FBI on what can only be described as her television show.”
He then played a clip of an enraged Pirro delivering her “opening monologue” on Sunday’s episode of “Justice with Judge Jeanine.”
“There is a cleansing needed in our FBI and our Department of Justice,” Pirro ranted in that clip. “It needs to be cleansed of individuals who should not just be fired, but who need to be taken out in handcuffs.”
“The stench coming out of the DOJ and FBI is like that of a third-world country where money and boys and clubs decide elections,” she added.
“And that’s my open!” Pirro concluded, pivoting 180 degrees from her manifest rage. “Tell me what you think on my Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram, #JudgeJeanine!”
Colbert then performed his own version of Pirro’s screed.
“Mueller and his corrupt junta are maggots gorging on the corpse of Lady Liberty, and freedom-loving patriots must drink their blood from the chalice of justice,” he said. “And that’s my opening, join the conversation on Insta, with #PushMuellerIntoTraffic!”
Trump has committed 6 impeachable offenses: Harvard Law’s Laurence Tribe says ‘the evidence is all there’
Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe broke down the six impeachable offenses President Donald Trump has committed during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tribe has argued 36 cases before the United States Supreme Court and taught at Harvard Law for 50 years. He co-authored the 2018 book To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment with Joshua Matz.
"Everyone was in the loop, it was no secret. That was the testimony from Ambassador Gordon Sondland yesterday as he implicated the president, Secretary of State, White House chief of staff, and former National Security Advisor John Bolton and other administration officials in the plot to bribe the president of Ukraine to publicly launch an investigation into Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. military aid to Ukraine that was authorized by Congress and that the president was withholding," O'Donnell reported.
Rachel Maddow breaks down how public opinion is catching up with the facts of Trump’s impeachment
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Thursday broke down how the details from the televised impeachment hearings are being reported in local newspapers.
The host read the headlines from multiple newspapers following the damning testimony by Ambassador Gordon Sondland.
The Los Angels Times headlined, "Sonland implicates president." "Envoy says Trump directed effort," was The Wall Street Journal headline.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch headlined, "'Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret': Defiant Sondland says he followed Trump's orders."
"Trump directed pressure on Ukraine, ambassador says," headlined The Kansas City Star.
Shep Smith blasts autocrats in first public remarks since leaving Fox News — and donates $500,000 to protect journalists
On Thursday, for the first time since exiting Fox News, reporter Shepard Smith gave public comments at the International Press Freedom Awards — and used the occasion to blast autocratic leaders who use their power to suppress journalism.
"Intimidation and vilification of the press is now a global phenomenon. We don’t have to look far for evidence of that,” said Smith. "Our belief a decade ago that the online revolution would liberate us now seems a bit premature, doesn’t it? Autocrats have learned how to use those same online tools to shore up their power. They flood the world of information with garbage and lies, masquerading as news. There’s a phrase for that."