Colbert on Trump’s first rally since the Capitol riot: ‘Why is he allowed to have rallies after that?'

While other hosts are on summer holiday for the week, Stephen Colbert recapped a Trump rally held over the weekend in Wellington, Ohio, his first since the 6 January insurrection at the Capitol. “Why is he allowed to have rallies after that?” the Late Show host fumed. “After the assassination, John Wilkes Booth wasn’t welcomed to Broadway for a sold-out performance of ‘I Shot Lincoln: The Musical!’”

The ex-President appeared to have nothing new to say in his 90-minute speech, as he stumbled through familiar refrains and untruths like he was “reading a speech from last summer,” said Colbert. He digressed from Nancy Pelosi to Hillary Clinton to the outdated line “hydroxychloroquine really works!"

“No one cares about that now!” Colbert exclaimed. “We have a vaccine! I can’t imagine anything more tired than the Covid drug from 12 months ago.”

In typical Trump fashion, he also badly mispronounced some words. At one point, while attempting to reference the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, Trump said the US “sent a brave young man from Ohio to a plant.”

“Really? To a plant?” Colbert responded. “Yes, he was a brave young man from Ohio named Jack, and the nation sent him to climb that beanstalk, where he skyrocketed to Feefifofum.”

“He’s trying to talk about Neil Armstrong, but he said plant when he meant planet, which is not where Neil Armstrong went," Ha aggiunto. “That’s like trying to describe George Washington by saying, ‘you know who I mean! The guy on the money with the teeth made out of the cherry tree, with the painting of him crossing the Deli-meats, sai!"

In other news, Trump’s former attorney general Bill Barr continues to publicly distance himself from his former boss. In an interview with The Atlantic published over the weekend, Barr claimed that he always thought Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud were “all bullshit.”

“And Bill Barr should know — he spent the last two years with his lips very close to that bull’s ass,” Colbert quipped.

Barr also said that Mitch McConnell urged him to speak out against the big lie of voting fraud in the immediate aftermath of the election, while the Senate minority leader remained mum himself. “McConnell would’ve spoken the truth himself last December, but he needed the former President’s help to ensure that the GOP won the two runoff elections in Georgia, which they lost,” Colbert explained. “In the end, Mitch McConnell sold his soul for nothing. Così, a pretty fair price.”

Colbert also touched on the nearly $1tn infrastructure proposal championed by Joe Biden after a bipartisan group of 21 senators struck a deal la settimana scorsa. In an attempt to drum up support from his colleagues, Bill Cassidy, a Republican senator from Louisiana, invoked his wife’s support and called roads and bridges a “woman’s problem” because they are “doing the shopping.”

On Sunday’s Meet the Press, Cassidy elaborated that women “aside from commuting to work, are taking children to school or doing the shopping. And the more time she spends on that road, the less time she spends doing things of higher value. So if you speak to her, she’s going to say this is a good bill.”

Colbert added: “And then she’ll clarify, ‘I mean the infrastructure bill, not my husband Bill. Have you heard the crap he says about women?’”

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