Stephen Colbert rips Trump as ‘the only person in the world who can bring down a funeral’

Stephen Colbert rips Trump as ‘the only person in the world who can bring down a funeral’

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December 6 at 5:26 AMFor many, former president George H.W. Bush’s state funeral Wednesday represented a time of reflection and remembrance. Moving eulogies were delivered, prayers were read and hymns were sung.
But for late-night hosts, the somber event presented yet another opportunity to make fun of one of their favorite subjects: President Trump.As The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker reported, Trump did not receive a warm welcome when he and first lady Melania Trump arrived at Washington National Cathedral, engaging in a “plainly uncomfortable” encounter as they took their seats alongside the Obamas, Clintons and Carters. Of the six former presidents and first ladies sitting in that first row, Trump has publicly insulted all but Rosalynn Carter.[All the presidents at the Bush funeral service together recited this core prayer. Except one.]The tension was not lost on several TV comics, including Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and Dulcé Sloan of “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah."“It was like all of America’s divorced parents together in the same room for the first time, ” Kimmel quipped after playing a clip of the Trumps exchanging terse greetings with Barack and Michelle Obama. .

Melania Trump also briefly shook hands with Bill Clinton, but Trump did not.Kimmel specifically directed his audience’s attention to the reactions of Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton.“Watch the look from Michelle Obama, because it is so frosty she may have reversed global warming right there, ” Kimmel said. “Hillary is just staring straight ahead like she’s on an elevator with a weirdo.”On his CBS show, Colbert also played a video showing the first row before the Trumps arrived.
The former presidents and first ladies could be seen smiling and, as Colbert described it, “chatting comfortably with one another.”“Then, it became silent staring time, ” Colbert said, as footage of a markedly less jovial scene that included the Trumps filled the screen. “Donald Trump is the only person in the world who can bring down a funeral.”The uncomfortable moment left Sloan, speaking on behalf of Trevor Noah who is on vocal rest, overwhelmed.“Good Lord, I need a drink just looking at that photo, ” she said referencing an image of the stone-faced U.S. leaders sitting shoulder-to-shoulder in the row. .

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