Stephen Colbert talks about the poison of politicking to a somber crowd.
The Late Night Talk show host seems to have had a hard time keeping his composure as the results of the 2016 election came in, offering some somber words to a quiet crowd of spectators about the election. Implying that politics had become poisonous, “everyone had overdosed” and “everyone takes a little so you can hate the other side, and it tastes kind of good, and you like how it feels, there is a gentle high to the condemnation.”
He further went on to discuss how the founding fathers wanted the public to be “informed but not politicking all the time, not divided that way.” he seemed to be struggling to keep himself on point and making jokes to a beleaguered crowd who had just been devastated by the results.
Offering the notion that “laughter is the best medicine, and you cannot laugh and be afraid at the same time, and the devil cannot stand mockery.” Combating to keep his composure and trying to find the funny in what otherwise had been a devastating night to a campaign he has long since been supporting after taking over the role from David Letterman.
He offered a token of what he called “Silly things we Americans can all agree upon” to appeal to his crowd and regain his funny composure, before telling his audience “get out there kiss a Democrat, hug a Republican, give a Libertarian a reach around, you survived the election.”
Even the band seemed visibly disturbed and confused while playing Sweet Land of Liberty, Stephens voice wavering and cracking towards the end. I believe the stark realization that he had contributed to the divide that exists now in America, was setting in. On his previous role on the Colbert Report, he had taken shots at both Left and Right not really supporting either side just being his funny charismatic self, taking his usual jabs at both parties and the flawed nature of the system itself.
However now taken over Letterman’s role on The Tonight Show, this dynamic had fallen away for a clear support of the left sided agenda which had just been overwhelmingly defeated. It seems to me that Colbert’s message was both a statement of regret for contributing to the leftist agenda while at the same time an attempt to lift the spirits of the supporters and hopefully begin to bridge the divide between Americans.
In the last 11 hours since I wrote this post, the previous video I posted has been marked private on youtube and can no longer be viewed.
The new video posted here is an edited version with additional laughing and clapping edited in, as well as an edited ending where you no longer see the band or Stephen sing Sweet Land of Liberty.