“Did you miss me? I know I did.”
Those were the first words uttered by Stephen Colbert’s former Colbert Report alter ego when he arrived at the Ed Sullivan Theater on Monday to discuss Donald Trump and the Republican National Convention.
After filling us in on his two-year absence (he’s been living off the grid with Jon Stewart and preparing for the end of the world), the man who coined the term “truthiness” took to the Late Show desk to explain the rise of Trump — and in turn, “Trumpiness” — in a new installment of “The Word.”
Stewart, on the other hand, couldn’t be bothered to leave his cabin in the woods, where he’s been perfectly happy making kale jerky and avoiding politics altogether. (The real Colbert hinted later that Stewart would put in another appearance later this week.)
“Truthiness is believing something that feels true, even if it isn’t supported by fact,” Colbert’s alter ego explained. “Truthiness was from the gut, but Trumpiness clearly comes from much further down the gastrointestinal tract. These legitimately angry voters don’t need a leader to say things that are true or feel true. They need a leader to feel things that feel feels.” In this Colbert’s eyes, Trump is “an emotional megaphone for voters full of rage at a government that achieves nothing, an economic system that leaves them behind and politics that elects people unfit for the job. And if you don’t share their feeling — that you don’t recognize your country anymore — trust me: If Trump wins, you will.”
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