But in the final minutes of the show, Mr. Colbert scrapped a prepared closing monologue about the importance of coming together after a polarizing election, and went off script. He was personal, and he discussed, bluntly, the searing divides in the country.
“Few comedians capture the liberal mood as well as John Oliver and Stephen Colbert, who tag-teamed President Trump with biting sarcasm Tuesday night on “The Late Show.”OLIVER: Until Inauguration Day, you know, nothing was really happening. It was just being tied to a train track, watching the train coming, and then, of course, Inauguration Day is the train hitting you and you’re thinking, “Yup, that felt pretty much how I thought it was going to feel.”Mr. Colbert warned his British-born friend that he might be deported in a Trump America — “tossed out like tea,” as Mr. Oliver put it — even with his green card. The prospect drew a stinging remark about sacrifice and the president.OLIVER: We held up translators, Afghan and Iraqi translators, at the border who have bled for a country they’ve never visited, have sacrificed family members for this country. This president has done neither of those things. So it’s a little hard to swallow him telling people whether they should be a benefit to America or not.”