Stephen Colbert attempted his own political panel Wednesday night by bringing together Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti and brief White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.
“My first question is ‘What is this?’ And ‘Why is this?’ Why are the two of you a team now?” Colbert asked about the political freak show to potentially pour out of the men’s discussions. The “Late Show” host revealed that both men are pitching an idea of having the two host a television show where they debate the issues together.
“Are we a team?” Avenatti asked the man playfully known as “The Mooch.”
“I didn’t know we were a team,” replied Scaramucci.
“Let me say two things,” began Avenatti. “I don’t have a lot of rules in my life. But one of the rules is I never do a show with a guy who’s first name is ‘The.'”
“See, I actually thought we were doing a show, and it was going to be the male version of ‘Thelma and Louise,'” said Scaramucci.
“Well, this administration is certainly driving the country off a cliff right now,” replied Colbert.
The host noted he knows the two have a schtick but he wanted to know the realities behind how the two men got to know each other.
“We have a mutual friend,” Scaramucci said, before quickly jumping in to explain that the mutual friend is neither President Donald Trump nor Stormy Daniels.
Colbert asked the men about topics of the day, including the recent news that former Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen is no longer working with his legal team and that he might flip on the president any day.
“This is what happens when you trust your inner-most secrets to a moron,” Avenatti said of Trump and Cohen’s long friendship. Scaramucci, by contrast, gave a long answer that amounted to the need to “wait and see.”
When asked if Avenatti thinks Trump would pardon himself, he said that he has no doubt in his mind that Trump would pardon himself because “he’s the biggest narcissist you’ve ever seen in your entire life.” The audience cheered, but the lawyer broke in to say he had more to say.
“Wait, wait, wait, I’m not done. I’m not done,” he began. “This guy has an ego that is unparalleled. He’s all about the show. He’s all about the pomp and circumstance. We just saw that in Singapore. He travels to Singapore, half way around the world, spends 24 hours there, and is more interested in the red carpet and the flags flags and strolling through the garden than actually getting something done. If it was me, I’d gone over there, I would still be there, because I would have gotten a deal that mattered done instead of posing for a bunch of pictures.”
For a truly hilarious tap-dancing routine, Colbert hammered “The Mooch” on whether or not Trump lied about Stormy Daniels.
When asked about Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Avenatti called the former New York mayor a “walking disaster.”
“I mean, dazed and confused Rudy has no idea what he’s doing day in or day out,” he continued. “And I do not believe that it is possible that this is premeditated. And if it is premeditated, it’s even worse than we could all expect.”
When it comes to the memo that Trump wrote for Donald Trump Jr., Avenatti said it was a result of what happens “when your entire administration is built on a house of lies. I mean, lying is the rule rather than the exception with this administration. And when you can’t keep your lies straight, this is what happens, period.”
The Mooch, by contrast, tried to use the tactic of “everyone does it” to dismiss the lying problem at the White House. Colbert explained, however, that politicians might lie, but those lies have consequences, regardless of the politician and Trump should suffer those consequences.
Millions around the world joined #ClimateStrike — demanding bold climate action
Masses of children skipped school Friday to join a global strike against climate change that teen activist Greta Thunberg said was "only the beginning" in the fight against environmental disaster.
Some four million people filled city streets around the world, organizers said, in what was billed as the biggest ever protest against the threat posed to the planet by rising temperatures.
Youngsters and adults alike chanted slogans and waved placards in demonstrations that started in Asia and the Pacific, spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America, before culminating in the United States where Thunberg rallied.
Trump announces new sanctions on Iran — and deploys US troops to the Middle East
The United States announced Friday that it was sending military reinforcements to the Gulf region following attacks on Saudi oil facilities that it attributes to Iran, just hours after President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Tehran.
Trump said the sanctions were the toughest-ever against another country, but indicated he did not plan a military strike, calling restraint a sign of strength.
The Treasury Department renewed action against Iran's central bank after US officials said Tehran carried out weekend attacks on rival Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure, which triggered a spike in global crude prices.
‘Do a lot of stupid sh*t as quickly as possible’: Ambassador Power breaks down ’The Trump Doctrine’
The former ambassador to the United Nations explained "The Trump Doctrine" during a Friday evening interview with comedian Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time."
Samantha Power, the author of the new book, The Education of an Idealist, was asked by Maher about the foreign policy mantra of the Obama administration.
"Obama's foreign policy doctrine was famously summarized as 'don't do stupid sh*t," Maher noted. "Trump's, of course, is 'Do stupid sh*t.'"
"Do stupid sh*t as quickly as possible," Power clarified.