Stephen Colbert Skewers Trump's Bizarre 'Heaven' Remarks

Colbert dissects Trump's curious views on morality and religion.

by Nouman Rasool
Stephen Colbert Skewers Trump's Bizarre 'Heaven' Remarks
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On a recent episode of his show, Stephen Colbert raked up former President Donald Trump over his mind-boggling comments about heaven and morality in a Fox News interview. When asked about his relationship with God, the ex-president said he was "in the seventies" and rambled, which left many puzzled.

Trump began by expressing his affection for evangelical Christians: "I do very well with the evangelicals; I love the evangelicals." But his failure to articulate the role of religion in fostering moral behaviour ticked off Colbert's satire.

"Religion is such a great thing; it keeps you, y'know, there's something to be good about. You want to be good," Trump said. His thoughts meandered further as he pondered the concept of heaven as a motivator for ethical conduct.

"You want to go to heaven, OK? You want to go to heaven. If you don't have heaven, you almost say, 'What's the reason? Why do I have to be good? Let's not be good; what difference does it make.' "

Colbert Mocks Trump's Logic

Colbert seized the opportunity to highlight the absurdity of Trump's logic with his trademark wit.

"So the reason to be good is because of heaven," Colbert summarized. He then likened Trump's reasoning to childish bargaining, saying, "That's like a kid saying, 'If it's not for the Elf on the Shelf, I will murder my parents.

But [it's] there, and I want presents." This tongue-in-cheek critique was part of Colbert's commentary on the often surreal intersection of politics and personal belief systems. Colbert entertained Trump's audience primarily by focusing on Trump's incoherent statements, but he also drew attention to how public and political figures justify their ethical frameworks in bizarre ways.

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