Thank you, Stephen Colbert: He perfectly explains Trump's Orlando response with one simple diagram

Stephen Colbert went there last night — and it couldn't be more brilliant


Brendan Gauthier
June 15, 2016 5:36PM (UTC)

"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert last night reduced GOP nominee Donald Trump's self-congratulatory response to the weekend's mass shooting in Orlando to a simple diagram.

Almost immediately after news of the attacks broke — and well before details became clear — Trump wrote a series of tweets effectively bragging about "being right on radical Islamic terrorism" and saying, "I called it and asked for the ban."

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Then, in a Fox News interview Monday, Trump implied President Obama harbors sympathy for Islamic terrorists — a statement that The Washington Post picked up and subsequently lost press its credentials.

Asked to clarify his statement(s), Trump told conservative radio host Howie Carr, "I'll let people figure that out for themselves."

To "figure that out," Colbert brought out his figure-it-out-atron (chalkboard) to draw a connective line between Obama's refusal to say "radical Islamic terrorism" and Trump's implication that that means the president is a closeted Muslim.

Unsurprisingly, that connective line takes on a familiar shape.

Watch the full segment below:

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Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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