On the Late Show, Stephen Colbert lived a day in the internet news cycle, toggling between the latest drops in the Russia investigation and the viral video of a gymnastics floor routine.
First, the news: the New York Times reported over the weekend that the FBI, after Trump fired James Comey, looked into whether the president was secretly working for Russia.
“I think that’s ridiculous – there’s nothing secret about it,” Colbert joked.
The FBI also looked into whether Trump knowingly worked for Russia or had “unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence”, according to the Times. “OK, there’s a little something from the smile file,” Colbert said. “Our president might not be spying for Russia. He might be their unwitting stooge. We’ll find out on the new gameshow: Evil or Stupid.”
“Welcome to Evil or Stupid,” Colbert continued in the guise of a gameshow host. “Either way, America wins the destruction of Nato, the end of western democracy as we know it and a lifetime supply of Russian influence. Plus, a Broyhill dinette set.”
What could relieve this depressing news? A video of the UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi’s flawless floor routine, of course.
“Where were we?” Colbert asked, getting back on message. “Oh right, historic treason.”
At Late Night, Seth Meyers marveled that maybe the revelation that the FBI looked into Trump as a Russian agent isn’t actually a revelation at all.
“Wow, the FBI was investigating whether Trump was working for the Russians,” he said. “I mean, what tipped them off? Was it Trump’s secret meeting with the Russians in the White House? His son’s secret meeting with the Russians in Trump Tower? His lawyer’s secret deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow?”