The host of CBS’ “Late Show,” Stephen Colbert, set his sights tonight on those Congressional Republicans who celebrated after the 217 to 213 vote in the House of Representatives to repeal and replace Obamacare.
In his opening monologue, Colbert mocked the “premature” celebration among Republicans at the White House.
“They did it! Obamacare is finally, officially dead! …is something they can say once the bill goes to the Senate then gets out of committee, is debated on the floor where amendments can be added, then the Senate votes on their bill, which is sent to the conference committee where the differences between the two bills are ironed out, then voted on in the House and Senate again, the sent to the White House for the president to sign.”
That did not stop Republicans, for their part, from throwing “a massive beer bash” despite the fact that they “haven’t accomplished anything yet.” It seems that expectations for Republicans to actually govern have fallen so low that to even partially pass legislation is now considered a victory.
“Which is why Republicans were chanting, ‘We’re number one… third of the way through a very complex process!’”
Since Trump ascended to power, much of the Republican agenda has focused not on passing meaningful legislation but overturning Obama-era legislation. In fact, the Republicans’ identity has become synonymous with desecrating Obama’s legacy, even overturning efforts they originally spearheaded because Obama ultimately supported it.
Colbert finishes his monologue by touching on a quote from Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus:
“The president stepped up and helped punt the ball into the end zone.”
Colbert replied perfectly:
“Accurate, because it gets you zero points and gives your opponent good field position. I think a more accurate football metaphor might have been: The GOP just kicked America in the balls.”
Watch the entire monologue below:
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) May 5, 2017
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.