While Stephen Colbert is critical of President Donald Trump’s record in his first 100 days in office, the late-night host also says he owes the leader some gratitude.
“It’s a huge week for Donald Trump, because this Saturday he will reach 100 days in office. And, boy, it sure seems longer,” the host said on Monday’s episode of CBS’s “Late Show.”
Trump himself touted what would be his “contract” with American voters in the first 100 days in office when he was still on the campaign trail, but he has changed his tune. Last week, Trump called being graded on his first 100 days as president “a ridiculous standard.”
That shift may have something to do with Trump’s notable failures, including a lack of promised healthcare reform and blocks to his immigration ban. He also holds a record in bypassing the legislative branch and issuing the most executive orders by a president in his first 100 days, nearly three dozen, since World War II.
“The first 100 days are traditionally a time to reflect on accomplishments of a president and Trump doesn’t have a lot of those,” Colbert said. “He still hasn’t filled his cabinet, he didn’t repeal Obamacare, there are still Muslims, but he did sign a law making it legal for mentally ill people to buy guns and for hibernating bears to be hunted. So he took care of his base: insane people who want to murder Yogi.”
At the same time, Colbert has really capitalised on Trump’s time in office. In making Trump a central part of the comedy and criticism on “The Late Show,” Colbert became the most-watched host in late night, dethroning the former frontrunner Jimmy Fallon. And Colbert gave credit where credit is due.
“I got to say Donald Trump has done a lot for me in the first 100 days,” he said. “Thank you for your service, Mr. President.”
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No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2017