Late Night Host Stephen Colbert had MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough as a guest last night, and boy was the conversation a doozy!
The pair started off by talking about Kellyanne Conway, and they weren’t hesitant in calling her a liar.
“It got to a point where Kellyanne would keep coming out and everything she said was disproven five minutes later. And it wasn’t disproven by a fact-checker, it was somebody else in the administration who would come out and actually say, ‘Well, actually, no, that’s not true.’”
Colbert told Scarborough he had a “quicker way” to say the same thing: “She just lied.”
Scarborough also confirmed his role as Trump whisperer, something John Oliver parodied recently by literally buying ad space on Morning Joe to reach the president. “He’s watched the show for years, kind of goes in waves,” he said. “Even when he claims he’s not watching the show and sends out nasty tweets to us, we’ll always look at the camera and say, ‘Donald, we know you’re not watching the show, but how are you doing?’”
Colbert then ribbed Scarborough for calling Trump “Donald” instead of “Mr. President” and when his guest said he’s in a “transition,” the host joked, “You’re in a transition from being buddies?”
“He’s been Donald forever. It’s hard to start calling him Mr. President. And I’ll be really honest with you, the way he’s acted over the past month has made it even harder to call him Mr. President.”
“I think we as Americans should not cheer against our president, like Rush Limbaugh said he was doing with Barack Obama. I actually think we should pray for our president,” Scarborough added. “But that requires all of us as Americans to do what we can when a president is not doing what he needs to be doing, to stand up and do our part, too.”
“And right now, I think it’s the responsibility of all Americans, especially Republicans — and let me say this — especially Republicans in the Senate, that when you have a president of the United States that questions judicial review and questions the legitimacy of a federal judge, to stand up and say, ‘This is not right, and we’re going to call it out.’ When you have a president that actually questions free speech, the First Amendment, and news organizations that are doing their job, I think it’s incumbent upon my party, especially, to stand up right now and speak out.”
“The Republican Party needs to know that there is going to be a time after Donald Trump and they are going to be judged for the next 50 years on how they responded to the challenges of today,” Scarborough added, building to a crescendo as the liberal audience cheered for him.
“You were absolutely going for that, you were totally going for that,” Colbert said as his guest feigned surprise at the reaction. “I wish I shared your optimism that there will be a time after Donald Trump. Right now I’m a little worried.”
After praising Trump’s foreign policy team, Scarborough said, “My bigger problem is the inside circle. There is nobody in this administration that can go in and tell this president no.” He added, “Instead you have people like Stephen Miller — or as Mika calls him, ‘The Little Dictator.’” He called Miller’s demand that the president “not be questioned,” “scary as hell.”