The surprise WikiLeaks dump of nearly 20,000 internal emails from the Democratic National Committee last week led to a topsy-turvy opening day at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia — and offered plenty of comedic opportunities for Stephen Colbert. “We are live on Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention,” he announced Monday night, “also known as Hillary Clinton and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.”
But Colbert largely ignored Clinton in his monologue, choosing to make light of suggestions that the Democratic National Committee was unfairly biased in supporting her over Sanders in this year’s bruising primaries. “In an unprecedented show of bias, the Democrats threw their weight behind a registered Democrat,” Colbert joked. “That’s like Sam’s Club refusing to take your Blockbuster card.”
The late-night host teased irate Sanders supporters and poked fun at DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Melania Trump. As the screen flashed photos of teary-eyed Sanders fans, Colbert declared, “I have not seen that many crying women since Bernie opened for the Beatles.”
He reserved his strongest criticism for Wasserman Schultz, who announced after the WikiLeaks disclosure that she would step down from her post following the convention. For Colbert, this was not nearly soon enough: “That’s like people finding a turd in the punch bowl and saying, ‘Don’t worry, we’re getting rid of the turd as soon as the party is over.'” “Until then, drink up,” he added sarcastically. “We’e talking at most four days of turd punch.”
At the end of his segment, Colbert applauded Michelle Obama’s speech and referred back to last week’s Republican National Convention, when Melania Trump was accused of plagiarizing the First Lady. “Michelle’s speech was so good, I want to hear it again,” Colbert joked. “When is Melania doing it?”
“Melania Trump” (Laura Benanti) defended herself against plagiarism accusations – with a plagiarized speech – on ‘The Late Show.’ Watch here.