UDPATE with video Stephen Colbert did a monologue deep-dive into Tuesday’s Oval Office brawl between President Donald Trump and Dem leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer.
The CBS late-night host noted Trump seemed to wake up and go on the attack when Pelosi made mention of the looming “Trump Shutdown.”
“He’s like Alexa – he only wakes up when he hears his name,” Colbert observed.
Pelosi and Schumer need not have bothered trying to pin the expected shutdown on Trump. “I’ll take it,” Trump swaggered. “Yes, if we don’t get what we want one way or the other.. I will shut down the government.”
“To be clear: he’s offering to take all the blame for the thing you always blame the other side for,” Colbert explained to viewers maybe not so familiar with the workings of Washington.
Trump insisted he did not need House Dems on board to fund his wall. Pelosi called his bluff.
The two Dems periodically advised Trump not to duke it out for the cameras, urging him to take it private. Trump, turning his best side to the cameras, insisted “It’s not bad; it’s called transparency” and kept going.
After it was over, Pelosi explained to Dem colleagues the meeting demonstrated that if “you get into a tinkle contest with a skunk you get tinkle all over you” adding that the border wall “is like a manhood thing with him – as if manhood can be associated with him.”
Too good a set up for Colbert to resist:
“So the wall is a metaphor for his manhood? No wonder he’s having trouble erecting it.”