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Stephen Colbert invites Trump and friends to audition for the voice of Kermit the Frog

Kermit the Frog has never sounded so awkward than when he shares Ben Carson's childhood memories


Taylor Link
July 13, 2017 12:08PM (UTC)

After 27 years, Kermit the Frog will have a new voice. Luckily for "Muppets" fans, President Donald Trump and his cabal of cronies will not be taking over the legendary role.

"The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" imagined Wednesday what Kermit would sound like if members of the Trump administration auditioned for the part. The results were downright horrifying.

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The first adviser to give it a shot was White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who has said some regrettable things this past year — things that nobody would want Kermit the Frog to say. That became obvious when Spicer's voice came out of the muppet's mouth.

"You had a, you know, someone as despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons," Kermit says in the skit, the audio pulled from Spicer's gaffe when he tried comparing Adolf Hitler to Bashar al-Assad.

After Spicer was dismissed from the audition room, the next associate to try out for the role was Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr.

"Someone sent me an email," Kermit says, the audio from Trump Jr.'s interview with Sean Hannity Tuesday night.  "I can't help what someone sends me."

"He's a frog, but he's not dumb," Stephen Colbert, who's apparently directing the auditions, can be heard saying in the background. "Can you say something a littles less stupid?"

Kermit then says a line or two from back during the campaign, when Donald Trump Jr. was talking about Hillary Clinton's scandals.

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"No way that you have all these instances that are linked in this and that where there is not an actual connection. Where there is smoke, there is fire. And there is so much smoke."

"Okay that's less dumb but it's not what a frog would say," Colbert responds.

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Dr. Ben Carson then gives it a whirl, with an even more awkward result.

"As a teenager, I would go up to people with rocks and hammers and baseball bats," Kermit says. "And people know the story when I was 14 and I had tried to stab someone."

Colbert promptly calls for security before inviting the president himself to provide his voice for Kermit.

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"The American dream is dead," the frog says, the audio from a speech Trump gave during the presidential campaign.

"Okay, remember, Kermit is a beloved character," Colbert reminds Trump. "Can you say something that everyone will love?"

"We need a new president fast," Kermit says.

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Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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