Colbert: Trump Is Not a Symptom of American Politics, 'He Is the Disease'

Stephen Colbert did not mince words when describing President Donald Trump’s infamous Thursday tweet storm, declaring, “It’s a buffet of s—t.”

On Thursday’s Late Show, Colbert addressed Trump’s attack on Morning Joe hosts (and real-life couple) Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, in which POTUS referred to the MSNBC personalities as “Psycho Joe” and “Crazy Mika,” before alleging that he turned Brzezinski away from a New Year’s Eve shindig at Mar-a-Lago because “she was bleeding badly from a face-lift.”

“First of all, someone bleeding badly at your door and you say no? It sounds like your health care plan,” Colbert observed. “This is shocking and vicious and so… on-brand.” Then, after showing his audience Brzezinski’s subtweet poking fun at the size of Trump’s hands (see below), Colbert argued that we should be “more worried about the size of his brain at this point.”

Afterwards, Colbert responded to Senator Lindsey Graham, who said that Trump’s tweet “represents what is wrong with American politics.”

“Hold it right there, Lindsey: This is not what’s wrong with American politics,” Colbert argued. “You don’t see Paul Ryan throwing shade at Chuck Schumer over his eye job. This is what’s wrong with the American president.

“Let’s stop pretending that Trump is a symptom of something,” Colbert continued. “He is the disease.”

Press PLAY on the video above to watch Colbert’s monologue in full, then sound off below.

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  1. peterwdawson says:

    Remember MustardGate? Good times…

  2. Chris says:

    Well said me Colbert. Keep up the good work!

  3. Mails24245 says:

    Just curious, where is TvLine’s coverage of the CNN debacle of false reporting and mass firings? TvLine always covers all of the issues at Fox News…

    • Mike L says:

      Well said. Must not fit the objective.

    • Mary says:

      What’s is there to tell. I don’t believe they said it was false, but that it has not gone through proper vetting and the ones who were responsible for it were fired. They have standards and integrity obviously. Now let’s see #45 be a man instead of a coward and admit responsibility for his Disgusting behavior. Bet it won’t happen, because he would have to have integrity and character, which he doesn’t. Is that the best you can come up with in trying to deflect from his grotesque actions.

      • ragnar51 says:

        And…. the chief apologist for the Hilda Beast and arbiter of “deflection” weighs in

        • Mary says:

          Thanks for proving my point ignorant one. Deflect to Hillary when you can’t defend the clueless wonder actions. Time to crawl back under your rock.

          • ragnar51 says:

            Actually, I’m out in the sunshine little princess. Your side lost, get over it and go hang with the other limousine liberals in your safe spaces.

          • Mary says:

            No actually our Country lost but you are just too ignorant to comprehend it. You need to come up with a new one because by the looks of it #45 is the one who needs a safe space, can’t handle the heat.

        • Angela says:

          Yes, how dare Mary share her opinion like everyone else here! What does she think this is, a comment section!
          Also, a little tip for you: You’ll be taken more seriously when you stop using phrases like “Hilda Beast”. It’s not cute or funny or clever.

          • ragnar51 says:

            Ahh, another little princess heard from, I suppose cheetos face, orange hair, combover, etc. is OK then? And a tip for you…you lost!

          • Angela says:

            Politics isn’t a “win/lose” sport, buddy. It’s real life, and affects people personally. Grow up.
            And I don’t use those terms to describe Trump, and wish others would stop as well, because I agree they don’t help elevate the discussion, either. So there goes that point you thought you were making.

      • TV Gord says:

        You are correct, Mary. Your first sentence sums up the crux of the story, which is that it’s not false, it’s just not up to CNN’s standards. Also, the story never made it to air, only online. Most of us never heard about it until the retraction, or likelier, Trump’s attempt to lump this one story in with all of their reportage.

    • Steven says:

      TVLine does not cover every time Fox retracts a story. CNN retracts one story and everyone loses their minds.

      • S says:

        One story? A producer was caught on camera admitting that basically the entire Russian narrative regarding trump that has completely saturated their network is completely garbage.

        • TV Gord says:

          What does that have to do with a story retraction?

          • S says:

            Oh ya know, just basically destroys any credibility whatsoever that they had, in my head a network as a whole being outed as hacks over and over again kind of has something to do with the topic at hand that I’m replying to.

          • TV Gord says:

            All your earlier comment says is that they are pounding away on one story, which all of the cable news channels do, even Fox. If that’s your measure of credibility, look at your own news sources (including websites that try to pass themselves off as real news). No one gets acquitted on that charge, my friend.

          • S says:

            Hold up tv gord, are you actually saying CNN is a source for real news? Really? REALLY?

        • peterwdawson says:

          A CNN producer who doesn’t cover politics was filmed by a group notorious for selectively editing their videos.

        • Mary says:

          If you are referring to Van Jones, read his statement. Sorry not accurate at what he stated and was alter by a known Hoax man. I can see you are one who does not fact check before spreading the BS. Ignorance is not a good look.

          • TV Gord says:

            Also, the comment that he is supposedly “caught” saying on video, he actually said about three weeks ago…ON CNN! It’s not the big “get” that some people make it out to be.

  4. Coop says:

    Couldn’t disagree more with Colbert. Trump is 100% the result of where politics has been going the past 20 years. Just look at what happened a short time ago: Steve Scalise nearly killed by a deranged man who got angrier and angrier over politics. Judging by his social media accounts, the anger and nastiness that have filled the political environment resonated with him to the point where he’d try to murder sitting members of Congress. Days later, you have Democrats referring to Republicans as “evil”, trying to kill thousands of people, collecting “blood money” and so on while he was still in the ICU over proposed legislation they disagree with. That type of rhetoric led to Trump. And yes, the same type of stupid, nasty rhetoric will be used by a small group of Republican Congress members when Democrats are back in charge.

    • Angela says:

      Agreed. Politicians are the disease. Political Parties are the disease.

    • Chris says:

      It wouldn’t be a small group it was almost all of them for the last eight years. Dems aren’t perfect but republicans are the ones saying Dems aren’t people. And threatening us with violence / threatening to lynch our last president. Trump is definelty the worst traits from every politician rolled into one terrible person. He is the disease Colbert would not have been more right.

      • Coop says:

        Uh, have you been seeing what people have been saying and doing with regards to Trump and images of him since the election? It’s not like Trump’s decapitated head made international news or anything. Take off the blinders. Small segments of both parties do it and trying to going with the “hey, they’re way worse!” mentality is comical.

        • Mary says:

          I don’t think that is what he was saying. I think he was pointing out that Obama had to deal with it for the last 8 years and never stooped to this level. Yes he had the decapitated head where Obama had the noose around his not to mention burning. Yes it has been the Rep against Dem mentality but sorry it has gotten way worse since #45 campaign and to this day. His campaign was based on fear and hate and know it has spilled over into administration. Sorry I do agree that Trump is a disease. It is time to stop make excuses for this childish man behavior and make him take RESPONSIBILITY for it. It is obvious his Parents never taught him that.

          • Mary says:

            ^now^ his adminstration.

          • PatriciaLee says:

            This is where the wife steps in. I feel for Melania. Most of us are lucky that our husband’s lows are not on public display, and we all cringe with relief at that fact, while this is going on. If he gets it together, credit her.

          • Mary says:

            Sorry I don’t have any sympathy for her when she enables him. Her statement yesterday says it all. Grant you she and Ivanka has no control over him, but by condoning his actions they are just as guilty. I would call them two face hypocrites.

  5. Rex the Wonder Dog says:

    Nah, he’s the symptom. Most of his supporters are even more obnoxious than he is.

  6. larry says:

    Liberals cannot stand the fact that Trump fights back. They are still in a daze as to how Trump won. Still befuddled that millions voted for Trump because we were sick of the viscous liberal attacks on anyone who does not agree with them. Colbert is a moron who has no clue. But it’s ok, the talk show clowns can attack all they want and when the mid-terms have the GOP in full control of the Senate, liberals will still be dazed and confused…..

    • ndixit says:

      If making fun of someone’s looks is your definition of fighting back then the fights you must have must be serious playground level. This isn’t really a liberal or conservative issue. Its about basic human decency which anyone should have. Trump doesn’t have that.

    • Angela says:

      Liberals cannot stand the fact that Trump fights back.
      No, we can’t stand the fact that our president acts like such an immature baby. He’s not “fighting back”, he’s being a jerk. Learn the difference.
      And quit with this “liberal versus conservative” nonsense. Anyone with any sense of actual decency and maturity, regardless of their political affiliation, should be ashamed of Trump’s behavior. I truly don’t understand why Trump’s supporters constantly give him a pass for the same behavior they’d rail against in any other politician.

      • TV Gord says:

        Also, if our children behaved the way Trump does, they’d spend a lot of time being punished, whether we’re Democrats OR Republicans. .

        • Mary says:

          Correct or at least I can say my children would. I always taught them that every action has a reaction can be positive or negative you choose. Then learned after a couple times. There is where the problem lies I don’t think Trump was ever taught to take responsibility for his behavior and now we are stuck with a spoil rotten brat.

        • Angela says:


  7. Dan says:

    That’s one way to look at things.

  8. JScout says:

    Love Colbert. Idiot Trump is scum of the earth and everyone, even those who voted for him know it.

  9. Sindey says:

    Cry some more, Colbert, your tears won’t suddenly make Hillary the President.

    • ragnar51 says:

      For Pete’s sakes Sindey, please don’t introduce reality into this!!

    • Mary says:

      Time for you guys to move on because the rest of us has. Defend the fools actions if you can. ” Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” Abraham Lincoln

    • Angela says:

      Thanks for stating the obvious.
      Seriously, for all the “get over it, she lost!” attitude and whatnot that I see from Trump supporters, they seem to bring up Clinton way more often than those of us who voted for her.

    • Ben says:

      I don’t want Hillary to be President. I’d settle for Mike Pence. Anything but this example for our children. It’s not just Democrats that should be against Trump, it should be every person. He’s a horrible little man.

      • TV Gord says:

        I had to check your name, Ben, because I agree so much with this, I thought I had written it myself! I’m no fan of Pence, but anyone’s better than Trump.

  10. kmw says:

    Way to go Colbert. The USA wanted or wants to believe its political system is so bad( and apparently ” criminal” ) that they would rather vote in a celebrity than an ACTUAL official who knows what she is doing. Trump is a flat out liar( he hasn’t kept those Carrier jobs from leaving) and just as bad he is so self involved he cannot see how he is embarrassing himself and this entire country. Again no one would be bashing him IF Trump would decide to stop caring about trivial things like ratings and tv shows and START caring about the people who he was elected to lead. He is a disease of the worst kind and the United States is going to suffer for it for a long time

  11. texmike says:

    I’ve left Cobert. His liberal blather got old real fast. To me it’s just the same hate every night.
    God, I miss Johnny Carson. He could dismantle politicians with humor and never have to resort to hate or name calling.

    • KatsMom says:

      Interesting that you expect a late night comedian to be better behaved than the President of the United States.

  12. keniri says:

    Oh! Please! Trump is not the disease! He just put a face on the problem. Democrats and Republicans have been playing this game for years but here comes Trump. He’s not the disease, he just brought it to the surface, with all of the ugly details. Stop crying foul just because you fail to see what lurks below the surface.

  13. macado46 says:

    If the Obama had been verbally attacked, mocked and criticized the way Trump is, or had Obama’s children been targeted the way Trump’s son has been, heads would have rolled and arrests would have been made. You all know it. Don’t even try to deny it. I have never been more appalled at the behavior of the Democratic party. People that I thought were sane, rational, compassionate human beings have turned into foaming at the mouth zealots.

    Trump is not the disease. He is the antidote.

    • TV Gord says:

      You’re serious? Really? Setting aside all of the racially-based and religious attacks on Obama by others, Trump led the charge against him for years, saying he wasn’t an American, that he was born in Kenya, so his presidency was illegitimate. It’s actually hilarious (and pathetic) that Trump dished it out for years, but he (and his acolytes) are so incredibly thin-skinned, they can’t take it without lashing out with outrageous and vicious attacks on anyone who doesn’t shower him with unreserved (undeserved) praise.

      Anyway, it’s a false equivalency, The facts proved that Obama wasn’t born in Kenya and he wasn’t Muslim (which didn’t stop his critics from continuing to repeat the lies over and over), while Trump IS an insecure man-baby who exhibits the classic characteristics of a true sociopath.

      It is amazing to me that so many of you insist on defending his actions, when his planned policies are going to hurt the very people he pandered to to win the election. It will be interesting to see how long you all will stick with him if his health care plan is passed, and you finally realize that the medical care that should have gone to you has been translated into tax benefits for his rich cronies. It makes me feel sorry for his earnest supporters, because that reality will be devastating.

    • Angela says:

      …did…did you, like, completely sleep through the previous eight years? Obama and his family DID get verbal attacks, mockery, and criticism from the Republicans. And a lot of racist comments, and photos of Obama looking like a voodoo witch doctor, and Trump going around claiming he wasn’t born in the U.S., and Fox News questioning how much of a “true American” he was and implying he was a secret Muslim who wanted to put this country under Sharia law. He got compared to Hitler and the Nazis (and for the record, I think that comparison’s tiresome regardless of who’s president). His wife Michelle was called an ape.
      And yet despite all of that, Obama never once took to Twitter on a daily basis calling any and everything that he didn’t like “fake news”. He never once insulted a woman’s looks. He never made implications about wanting to beat up people at Fox News, the way Trump apparently just did in one of his most recent tweets. He handled all of that crap with a hell of a lot more grace and maturity than Trump could ever hope to have. I’ll also point out that no journalists or pundits were arrested for saying what they said about him, either, so there goes that ridiculous argument.
      Your shame is directed at the wrong party/person, pal. There is absolutely no justifiable defense for what Trump’s doing. None. He is not any sort of “antidote” to any problem. Get a clue and quit excusing Trump’s BS.

    • Cat says:

      You must have such a short memory to have forgotten the horrendous treatment that Chelsea Clinton was forced to endure from the media and the public when she grew up in the White House and she is the one who spoke out against the treatment given to Barron.