“Late Show” host Stephen Colbert couldn’t stop mocking the Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump and the Democratic leaders.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) attempted to get the president to have their arguments in private, but Trump wanted the “transparency,” he said. Pelosi explained she didn’t want to contradict the president of the United States in the Oval Office live in front of the public. She later said it might be embarrassing for the president and she and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wanted to save him from it. It didn’t work as Trump decided to go another route.
Colbert explained that the fight today was over the funding for the border wall, which Trump said would be paid for by Mexico. He’s also said that the wall is already being built, yet, he simultaneously needs money to build it.
He played the clip of Trump striking back when suddenly he heard his name mentioned. Pelosi had called it the “Trump Shutdown” if the government is closed because Trump is demanding is border wall funding.
“What?!” Colbert exclaimed pretending to be Trump. “I’m sorry what? Did you say Trump?”
He noted that it’s like Trump is Alexa and only comes to life when he hears his name. But Colbert couldn’t stop laughing when Trump decided he wanted all of the credit for the government shutdown.
“OK, I will take all the blame for the shutdown, but first, let me just spray paint my initials on the bow of the S.S. Republican Party before I drive it over a waterfall.”
The most brutal takedown, however, came when Nancy Pelosi said that Trump’s border wall seems like a compulsion with him as if it’s a part of his identity.
“This wall thing, it’s like a manhood thing with him — as if manhood can be associated with him,” Pelosi said in passing.
With a series of “Ohhhhhh” and “OUCH” exclamations regarding Pelosi’s sick burn, Colbert realized that could be the reason the president is so obsessed with having it built.
“So the wall is a metaphor for his manhood? No wonder he’s having a problem erecting it,” Colbert concluded.
Watch the full clip below:
Ta-Nehisi Coates: ‘Joe Biden shouldn’t be president’
Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden is under fire for fondly reminiscing about his “civil” relationship with segregationist senators in the 1970s and 1980s. Speaking at a fundraiser at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City on Tuesday night, Biden expressed nostalgia for his relationship with the late Democratic pro- segregation Senators James Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia. Biden reportedly said, “I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland. … He never called me 'boy'; he called me 'son.'” Biden went on to say, “A guy like Herman Talmadge, one of the meanest guys I ever knew, you go down the list of all these guys. Well, guess what. At least there was some civility. We got things done.” Biden was widely criticized by other Democratic presidential contenders, including Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Bill de Blasio. We speak with acclaimed writer Ta-Nehisi Coates about Joe Biden’s long record on the wrong side of civil rights legislation, from opposing busing in the 1970s to helping to fuel mass incarceration in 1990s. Coates says, “Joe Biden shouldn’t be president.”
Canada is taking advantage of Trump’s tariff pratfalls by scooping up new trade partners: report
As American manufacturers reel and U.S. farmers see their economic well-being being destroyed by Donald Trump's trade wars, the Canadian government is stepping into the breach and boosting their own trade relations, reports Politico.
As part of their Global Translations podcast, Politico notes that countries -- and manufacturers -- are not standing by helplessly as Trump threatens and changes directions on trade on almost a daily basis.
Lost version of Delacroix masterpiece discovered in Paris
A newly discovered version of Eugene Delacroix's Orientalist masterpiece, "Women of Algiers" went on display for the first time in Paris on Thursday.
The lost study for the painting by the French Romantic painter which inspired generations of artists including Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cezanne was discovered in a Paris apartment 18 months ago.
Since then experts have been retracing its history and carrying out X-ray and infra-red tests on the picture.
Like the much larger version in the Louvre, it shows a reclining wealthy woman and a black servant.
The canvass disappeared after it was sold in 1850 by the French diplomat Charles-Edgar de Mornay, with whom the painter went to North Africa in 1831, shortly after the French conquest of Algeria.