Stephen Colbert To Moderate Republican Debate, Mocks Donald Trump
In response to the news that Donald Trump would moderate an upcoming Republican debate, late-night host Stephen Colbert announced “Stephen Colbert’s South Carolina Serious, Classy Republican Debate” on Tuesday, to take place “sometime in January”.
Colbert brilliantly parodies The Donald’s arrogant delivery and exaggeration. As Jon Stewart pointed out, how could a guy who can’t even get past the first moment of an interview ever get through a whole debate?
Please, please, please let this actually happen! Colbert has become so much more than a TV host- he has somehow turned the whole nation into his performance platform. By getting involved in real institutions and staging real events, he continues to both celebrate and criticize American political life. He might be the only man in the country so qualified to show how the politicians and media personalities who claim authority are the real jokers.
Colbert’s jump into politics wouldn’t be unprecedented. He formed his Super PAC in the wake of the Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision, mocking the unrestricted flow of money and influence that had just been awarded to corporations and lobbyists. And Colbert turned a few heads when he announced that he would run in the South Carolina presidential primary (as both a Republican and Democrat), and actually saw the process through until he was officially denied a spot on the ballot. Of course, the Stewart and Colbert “Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear” drew thousands to Washington, D.C.
But if anyone doubts that Colbert can surprise a politician with a serious and thoughtful ambush, they should look at his congressional testimony before the House Subcommitte on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law. Discussing his experience as a “migrant farm worker for a day,” Colbert stunned many lawmakers when he dropped out of character at the end of his appearance and quoted scripture to explain why he spoke out for immigrants’ rights:
“I like talking about people who don’t have any power. And it seems like one of the least powerful people in the United States are migrant workers who come and do our work, but don’t have any rights as a result. And yet we still invite them to come here, and at the same time ask them to leave… you know, ‘whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers…’”
With a few moments like that in “Stephen Colbert’s South Carolina Serious, Classy Debate”, we might just have a real exchange of ideas.