Stephen Colbert refuses to cowl Night time three of RNC 2020

Stephen Colbert refuses to cover Night 3 of RNC 2020

For the previous two weeks, “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” has gone reside every evening to cowl the Democratic and Republican nationwide conventions. However on Wednesday, there was a change of plans.

“Full disclosure, I did not watch much of the convention tonight, and fullest disclosure, I did not watch any of it,” Colbert instructed viewers. “Because right now in America, we’re facing a global pandemic that has killed 180,000 Americans, heavily armed Rambo wannabes are murdering people in our streets, the strongest hurricane in the history of the Gulf Coast is making landfall as I speak, and the RNC’s message is: ‘Who’s up for four more years?’”

Although Wednesday’s present was nonetheless reside, Colbert deviated from his usually scheduled RNC programming and targeted as a substitute on the continuing public well being disaster, protests in Kenosha, Wis., and the WNBA and NBA strike demanding justice for Jacob Blake.

“I know by not watching the RNC I didn’t do my job tonight,” Colbert continued. “I simply wish to say, I really feel nice about it. Why ought to we take note of what they’re saying if none of what they’re saying tonight is about what’s taking place in America proper now?

“Why should we watch their reality show if it doesn’t reflect our reality? Why subject ourselves to their lies that stick to your soul like hot tar? Lies like, ‘Donald Trump cares whether you live or die.’”

The comic then shifted gears to the CDC, which is now not advising testing for asymptomatic people who’ve come into contact with somebody contaminated with COVID-19. In response to CNN, the CDC reportedly was pressured by the Trump administration to launch the brand new testing tips.

Los Angeles County Public Well being Director Barbara Ferrer continues to be recommending that anybody within the metropolis who has probably been uncovered to the virus get examined and self-quarantine.

“We’ve reached the point where Donald Trump is dictating our health regulations,” Colbert stated. “Hey! CDC! This is our lives. Either grow a pair and stand up to this clown or at least be honest and change the Hippocratic Oath to, ‘First, do no harm — unless it makes the president look bad. In that case, bag them and tag them.’

“Once again, we’re watching a basic function of our government that has always been apolitical die in front of our eyes. We are one news cycle away from the CDC warning that mail-in ballots give you chlamydia.”

Colbert additionally addressed the demonstrations in Kenosha, Wis., the place Kyle Rittenhouse, a white teenager armed with a semiautomatic rifle, allegedly killed two individuals protesting the police capturing of Jacob Blake. Rittenhouse — who attended a Trump rally this 12 months and has shared pro-police posts on social media — was charged and arrested the following day.

“This person thought they were a member of the militia. And they thought there was such a thing as a militia,” Colbert stated. “There isn’t. There’s cops who can legally carry guns and arrest you and the yahoos who can get strapped with an AR-15, buy some camo from an army surplus store, then go role-play the fear fantasy that’s been fed to them every night of the last four years. And I’ll give you one guess which of these conventions those yahoos are watching.”

Amongst these taking a stand for Blake are the gamers of the WNBA and the NBA who staged a strike yesterday refusing to take part within the playoffs. Others who joined the historic, nationwide sports activities walkout included a number of MLB groups and tennis champion Naomi Osaka.

As of Thursday morning, the NBA gamers have agreed to renew their postseason.

“That is why voting in November is so important, because Donald Trump does not care if you live or die — of COVID, of racism — as long as he wins,” Colbert stated after praising the athletes for his or her activism. “Until we the people change this administration, we will continue to get more leadership from the NBA than the RNC.”

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