During “The Late Show” on Wednesday, just a day after one day John Lithgow debuted his unhinged Rudy Giuliani impersonation, Stephen Colbert kicked off the show by attacking Donald Trump.
“I tell you one thing, you have got to hand it to the guy—he is willing to call his most disastrous blunders his greatest victories,” offered Colbert. “Case in point: Trump’s complete betrayal of our Kurdish allies after his phone call with Turkish President Erdogan. This is so despised on both sides of the aisle that the House voted to condemn Trump’s actions 354-60. That is the sort of bipartisanship you only see in, like, naming a post office.”
“It could be argued that getting out of the endless wars in the Middle East is not a bad thing, but the way Trump did this, make no mistake who wins here: his buddy, Vladimir Putin,” added Colbert, “who yesterday met with Erdogan to carve up Syria like a Christmas shawarma.”
Putin and Erdogan did meet in Sochi on Tuesday. During that meeting, they announced a 10-point plan to shape Syria. One of those plans excluded the U.S. after Donald Trump abandoned Kurd forces in the fight against ISIS. By doing so Trump allowed his authoritarian buddies to run roughshod over the region.
Trump’s actions have cost the lives of hundreds of Kurdish allies and led to the escape of hundreds of ISIS fighters that were captured by the Kurds. Several foreign policy experts fear that ISIS will rise again as a major terrorist group.
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) October 24, 2019
“Today’s announcement validates our course of action with Turkey that only a couple of weeks ago was scorned, and now people are saying, wow, what a great outcome, congratulations,” proclaimed Trump during a presser.
Colbert, mimicking Trump stated, “Yes, a lot of people are saying, wow, what a great outcome, congratulations—specifically, Erdogan and Putin. They keep saying it to each other and giggling.”