Stephen Colbert Silences Trump With a Single, Scathing Word

Colbert humorously critiques Trump's debate readiness on his show

by Zain ul Abedin
Stephen Colbert Silences Trump With a Single, Scathing Word
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Few spectacles in American politics and entertainment generate as much communal anticipation and dread as the presidential debates. Reflecting on the past encounters between President Joe Biden and his GOP rival Donald Trump, Stephen Colbert captured the nation's wariness with his trademark blend of humor and candor.

During a recent segment of "The Late Show," Colbert reminisced about the 2020 debates which had Americans glued to their screens, albeit with a sense of foreboding. “We all remember gathering with our friends and families on the couch to say, ‘Oh God.

I hope this doesn’t happen again in four years,’” Colbert quipped, encapsulating the collective sentiment of potential reruns of such high-stakes political theater.

Colbert's Clever Comeback

Despite the mixed feelings from the public, Donald Trump appears eager to re-enter the debate arena with Biden.

In a characteristic display of bravado, Trump took to his Truth Social platform, exclaiming, “Let’s get ready to Rumble!!!” This choice of words, suggestive of a high-energy confrontation, was not lost on Colbert, who was quick to skewer the former president’s often tangential speech patterns at rallies.

“Rumble? I’ve seen your rallies,” Colbert retorted, before delivering a surgical strike with a wordplay that resonated with his audience: “I think you mean, ‘Let’s get ready to ramble.’” Colbert's critique extends beyond mere wordplay.

He highlighted a peculiar moment from Trump’s past speeches, where an inexplicable reference to Hannibal Lecter surfaced, illustrating what many critics describe as Trump’s often bizarre and rambling rhetorical style.

This specific recall not only underscores Colbert's point about Trump's discursive speaking manner but also serves as a subtle reminder of the unpredictability Trump brings to public discourse.