Stephen Colbert on the Georgia call from Trump: ‘As if Watergate had a baby and the Ukraine affair’

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Late-night hosts unpack the surprising demand from Trump to ask Georgia’s secretary of state to cancel the election and the reluctance of GOP politicians to certify the results

The late-night hosts returned to the new year on Monday night, even though 2021 had already looked a lot like the turmoil they had just left behind in 2020. “We’re starting a new year,”We’re starting a new year, with a raging pandemic and a president trying to steal the election.”with a raging pandemic and a president trying to steal the election.”It turns out that 2020 is dropping some bonus tracks,”It turns out 2020 is dropping some bonus tracks,”

Trump specifically called on Raffensperger to “find” 11,000 votes to reverse Biden’s win in the state during the hour-long call that took place Saturday, invoked several conspiracy theories, and threatened criminal charges against Raffensperger if he did not help the president in his quest to nullify the result. “Buckle up everyone, because this call is like if Watergate and the Ukraine scandal had a baby they made on the Access Hollywood bus, ” Colbert joked. They’ll let you do it if you’re a star! “Stephen Colbert: White House to “stick to its pandemic strategy not to have a plan”Read moreWhile the call was ominous – the president pleaded with a state official and his lawyers “Guys, I need 11,000 votes, the president pleaded with a state official and his lawyers. “If he’s trying to steal an election, he just needs to sound less like your grandpa moaning about his phone,” joked Colbert. Seth MeyersNew year, same old disputes in Washington, Seth Meyers announced Monday night, as House Republicans and a dozen GOP senators prepared to vote symbolically to refuse to certify election results.” “Predictably, 2021 is picking up right where 2020 left off, with the Republican Party callously refusing to do anything about the raging pandemic that has killed 350,000 Americans or the botched vaccine rollout, focusing the election instead on their inept attempts to set our democracy on fire,” Meyers said, before launching into the Trump-Raffensperger call. Though Congressional Republicans including Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley have cited democratic legitimacy as a reason for upholding Trump’s baseless charges of voter fraud, “with that call to Raffensperger, Trump ripped off the mask and showed what’s really going on,” Meyers said. “He made it crystal clear exactly what these 140 GOP House members and a dozen senators will support on Wednesday. They are not standing up for the integrity of the election or trying to restore faith in our democracy, they are petty stooges in a harebrained scheme to steal an election hatched by a deranged would-be tyrant who talks like a mob boss with a head injury. ” “I like to imagine what everyone else was doing on the other end of the phone call while Trump was babbling like a crazy person for an hour,” Meyers said. “It’s like when you put your grandpa on speakerphone while you’re doing chores, and then he’s just casually confessing to a crime in the middle. “While most of us are back to reality today, Donald Trump is farther from it than he ever was,”While most of us are back to reality today, Donald Trump is further from it than he has ever been, “It’s like when you put your grandpa on the speakerphone while you’re doing chores, and then he’s just casually confessing to a crime in the middle. He said, “I listened to it twice,” he said, “I listened to the whole thing like it was a surprise Taylor Swift album. “The president “tried everything,” Kimmel said, during the call. He bragged, he challenged, he threatened, he told the Secretary of State that he’d come to Georgia and eat all their peaches, nothing. “He bragged, he challenged, he threatened, he told the secretary of state he would come to Georgia and eat all their peaches, nothing. ” he added. ” he added. “

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