When supporters of the current President of the United States, Donald Trump, first heard that Stephen Colbert would host the Emmys, they immediately knew what kind of direction the awards shows would take. Just like the Golden Globes, Grammys, Oscars and Tonys, they would join the award-show club by taking swipes at Donald Trump.
Stephen Colbert has made headlines as one of the most fierce Trump critics on late night television, placing anti-Trump jokes at the centerpiece of his show. He has even used jokes about President Trump to fuel a surge in ratings for his “Late Show.”
As a consequence, Colbert began the Emmys with a somewhat angry joke about President Trump losing the popular vote but still winning the presidency: “I thought you people liked morally compromised antiheroes…Unlike the presidency, Emmys go to the winner of the popular vote."
CNN reports that the entire night was politically charged. Numerous celebrities took the mic to express their disdain for the president, suggesting a variety of actions that included impeachment.
“Trump-themed barbs came from various directions, including a reunion of ‘9 to 5’ stars Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton, who spoke of giving a bigot his comeuppance then and now; and "Veep's" Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who dryly suggested an impeachment storyline was jettisoned because the writers feared someone else might beat the HBO comedy to the punch,” writes CNN. “Even John Lithgow's praise of Winston Churchill, who he played in ‘The Crown,’ had a political tinge to it.”
According to one conservative website, the most offensive anti-Trump "joke" was one that involved criticizing Trump supporters. After Colbert finished singing the lines "The world's a little better on TV," he was joined by Selina Meyers, who sang, "Imagine if your president was not loved by Nazis." Colbert eventually interrupted Meyer in order to sing, "The Americans have hotter spies than the Russian inquiry," and "Even treason's better on TV."
Recently Colbert made headlines after making a Nazi gesture live on air. During an episode of the "Late Show," Colbert repeatedly made the Nazi gesture while referencing Trump, thereby equating the president with Hitler, a man who played a critical role in starting WWII and committing attempted genocide against the Jews, a people group that Trump's son-in-law is a part of.
Colbert also invited on Sean Spicer to make a joke about Trump's defense of his inauguration size.
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