Colbert Takes Late Show to Russia, Trolls President Trump on Twitter

Stephen Colbert is brushing up on his online trolling — and what better place to do so than Russia?

The Late Show host took to social media on Thursday to respond directly to a tweet from Donald Trump, in which the president alleged that there are no “‘tapes’ or recordings” of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey. In turn, Colbert replied, “Don’t worry, Mr. President. I’m in Russia. If the ‘tapes’ exist, I’ll bring you back a copy!” Attached to Colbert’s retort was photographic evidence of his trip abroad.

Per our sister site Variety, CBS will only confirm that Colbert is in Russia “on assignment” for an upcoming broadcast. He follows in the footsteps of fellow Daily Show alumni Samantha Bee and John Oliver, who have also taken their respective shows to Russia. Last October, Bee filmed a series of remotes, including interviews with Russian trolls who were allegedly paid to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. In 2015, Oliver shocked audiences when he sat down with notorious whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Colbert made headlines earlier this month for his interview with Oliver Stone, during which the controversial filmmaker said Russian President Vladimir Putin has been “insulted and abused… in the press and the media.” Stone also referred to the Russian leader as “a strong nationalist” whom he respected.

Are you looking to forward to seeing what Colbert’s cooking up in Russia?

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  1. Angela says:

    Um, YES! Wow. This should be good.

  2. Pat says:

    Hollywood and its idiots sure love prolonging this baseless witch hunt….

    • Angela says:

      Hey, if the right could harp on about Benghazi…
      Also, if it’s such a baseless witch hunt, why have so many people resigned or been fired from the administration? Why does Trump go on about tapes, why is he throwing fits on Twitter over the investigation if he’s got nothing to hide? Every time I see/hear about him ranting about this investigation on Twitter I find myself wondering if he’s familiar with the phrase, “Me thinks thou protest too much.”

      • Mark Calki says:

        You are exactly the problem. Who’s been fired? Comey? The man was way out of bounds through the entire election cycle. He needed firing. Flynn for failure to be truthful? AGs who refused to do their jobs? And the comparison to Benghazi is just sad – folks were left to die by incompetence. Massive evidence, Russia collusion, not so much, so far, not any. And the cherry on top, you destroyed Shakespeare’s famous line from Hamlet.

        • Angela says:

          Yep, Comey was sooooo out of bounds throughout the election, and yet Trump had no trouble praising him all over the place both before and after (for a time) the election. Right up until the Russia investigation started heating up, that is, and Comey wouldn’t play his games, and decided to investigate him the way he’d investigated Hillary. Then all of a sudden, Comey had to go. Gee. How convenient.
          To say nothing of the horrible way Comey found out he’d been fired, too. You’d think since he’s, y’know, the president, Trump would come up with a much more professional way to fire Comey, especially if he truly believed he had legitimate reason to let him go. But nope. Better to let Comey find out from a news report on the TV instead.
          And you’re right that Flynn and Sessions got fired for their unprofessional behavior. Behavior that Trump didn’t seem to mind when he was pressing Comey to drop the investigation into Flynn because he was a “good guy” (and he still praised Flynn even after he got fired, too, I might add), or when he was working with Sessions to come up with excuses to fire Comey. Considering Trump’s own penchant for not exactly being above board with his own behavior personally and professionally, you’ll pardon me if I’m rather skeptical that he was being oh-so-noble in letting Flynn and Sessions go.
          My point about Benghazi was that Hillary had to go through numerous investigations for that. So why shouldn’t Trump have to be investigated for this? Why doesn’t he have to be held to the same standard his supporters would hold any other politician to? Benghazi, as you noted, led to a tragic outcome. Russian meddling has a dangerous impact on our elections, and indicates some horrible manipulation on the Trump administration’s part. Both sound like pretty serious offenses to me, how about you?
          And “not much evidence” for the Russian investigation? Really? So the people in Trump’s administration who’ve been revealed to have ties to Russia thus far are…what? Figments of our imagination? And Flynn, a man that I’ll remind you once again Trump very much supports, getting fired because of his lack of honesty about his Russian ties, the recent revelations about Russian hacking of voting systems in numerous states, Trump’s own admitted financial ties to Russia and his constant praise of Putin in interviews during the election (remember, he’s being investigated right now)? If that doesn’t count as valid evidence to you, I’d be curious to see what does.
          Also, I’m aware that’s not the exact quote from ‘Hamlet’. But that’s the version that is most well-known, so I went with it.

    • Andrew says:

      When parroting the words of our dear leader, make sure you use words like “huge” and “bigly” as well. All praise upon him. If not…..SAD.

    • ragnar51 says:

      For Pete’s sakes, don’t wake up the Hilda Beats’s chief apologist here, we’ll never hear the end of it!!

    • BOT paid by Trump and Putin

  3. Jane says:

    If Colbert gets ahold of the pee pee tapes I’ll never stop laughing.

  4. Mark Calki says:

    With luck, they will keep him. до свидания господин Кольбер

  5. TDXI says:

    Lets hope some of Putins peoplebump into him. Hard.