Stephen Colbert compares US to a submarine while mentioning a dog in the president's chair
During the US midterm elections’ day’s episode of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” the TV host addressed the historical significance the democratic event could hold in a hilarious musical skit.
The 54-year-old late-night show host starred in a pre-recorded musical number reviewing the last two years with the Trump administration, and compared the situation with a sinking submarine, stressing that “we are in this together.”
Before breaking into song, the sketch that introduced the November 6 episode of the show had Colbert “pretending to vote,” and after admitting that both sides of American politics might want to vote for a change for the better, one of them had to be wrong.
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Usually said as a positive thing, the fact that all Americans will share the same destiny whether they support Trump or not overshadowed the phrase “we are in this together” and its variations in the clip.
This seemed to be the central point of the number, eloquently titled “We’re All Stuck In This Together”
“One thing I know for sure, whichever side won today, the good news is Americans all in this together. The bad news is, same as the good news.”
-Stephen Colbert, The Late Night Show, November 6, 2018.
“We slammed the hatch, there was water on the floor. We may collapse from all the pressure, but if we do at least we’ll all crumble together,” Colbert sings metaphorically about the state of things.
His somber view on present-day America was a reminder of the importance of being politically active during these divisive time, something that goes beyond casting a vote, because everybody in the country will be affected by the political destiny of the nation.
“We’ve all been trapped until the next time we got to vote. We’ve all held hands…on each others’ throats and though it’s been only stormy weather, we can’t drift apart because we’re all stuck here together,” the song went on.
Colbert went as far as suggesting that the midterms “might just be our last vote ever…but whatever happens tonight, we’ll all find out together!"
To make clear that his song was not about encouraging America to split, Colbert had “Abraham Lincoln” reminding us all how it went the last time that happened, referring to the Civil War.
In the segment, Colbert clarified that the rest of the special episode was going to be live, which is unusual for the show, which is normally recorded a few hours before airing.
Colbert also went live in 2016 to cover the last US Presidential elections on which Donald Trump was elected as the country’s 45th president, broadcasting from the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York City.
To join him in that occasion, Colbert invited political commentators John Heilemann and Alex Wagner, and the two were featured once again for the November 2018 special.
“If you remember our last live election show, well, that makes one of us," Colbert jokingly commented during the episode.
Fellow late-night show host Jimmy Fallon also addressed the midterms in a comical way the night before the elections, with an interview with Mike Myers’ fictional character Dr. Evil who was announcing his run for the US Congress.
“Dr. Evil” launched his “Make America Evil Again” campaign mocking President Donald Trump’s iconic red cap, and not even Jimmy Fallon could keep a straight face.