In a new clip, late-night host Stephen Colbert got emotional as he addressed Trump's "car crash" speech yesterday...
As he continues to fight for re-election...
via: GettyTrump has been doing everything in his power to maintain the confidence of his supporters.
However, all seemed to backfire yesterday.
via: GettyAfter holding an impromptu press conference, Trump somehow turned some of his own Republicans against him.
Reactions to his speech came pouring in...
via: Getty ImagesIncluding a very emotional response from Stephen Colbert.
It's been one hell of a journey.
via: GettyBack in August, when it was announced that Joe Biden would be going head-to-head with Donald Trump as the official Democratic nominee, we knew this race was going to be filled with ups and downs.
But with the end in sight, the 2020 presidential elections have given us more than we initially expected.
via: GettyWhile both sides made the best out of an exceptional situation - the ongoing coronavirus pandemic - they also fell victim to some strange habits, including name-calling, late-night ramblings, inaccurate tweets, and misquotes.
To sum things up, the first presidential debate diminished the last bit of hope we had.
via: GettyThe Guardian described it as a "national humiliation" watched by global audiences, if that's anything to go by. Rather than discussing the pressing issues that were plaguing the country, the 2 nominees resorted to hurling insults from either side of the podium.
And the chance to redeem themselves was stolen as the second debate got canceled.
via: GettyDue to the president's potentially contagious self, the second debate was forcibly canceled, though the rivals still held their own separate events where they discussed all the topics they couldn't go into detail about the first time. Public opinion on who performed the best was divided.
And the third and final debate was probably the best of them all, only because of one thing...
via: GettyMuting the opponent's mic while someone else was speaking. Who knew such a simple tactic would be so effective? The final debate, which took place in Tennessee, saw both candidates discuss several of the country's problems, including the coronavirus pandemic, social movements, and climate change.
But of course, it didn't come without some last-minute digs.
via: GettyWell, what else were we really expecting?
This week, the big day finally arrived.
via: GettyOn November 3rd, the polls officially closed and the ballot counting began... but, this year, things are proving to take a little longer than usual.
Back in 2016, the winner was announced in the early hours of the following day.
via: GettyWhen it was announced that Wisconsin had voted red and ultimately pushed Donald Trump over the 270 electoral threshold, Hillary Clinton conceded defeat and our new president was announced.
But this year, due to the large number of mail ballots, we will be waiting a little longer for the overall results.
via: GettyAnd, so far, it's proving to be a close one.
Nearly 100 million had already cast their vote before election day...
via: GettyAnd according to the initial polls showed that Biden and his vice presidential nominee, Kamala Harris, lead the way, being favored amongst 66% of voters.
But between the people that voted on election day, 69% of them favored Trump.
via: GettyOther polls predicted results that opposed each other, some thinking our current president would be re-elected, while others rounded up that we would have a Democrat on the throne.
However, at the time of writing, Biden holds the lead.
via: GettyBiden currently holds 264 electoral college votes, while Trump lags behind with only 214. Of course, this could all change dramatically as the 5 final States get their votes in but, it's needless to say, Trump is seriously panicking.
Anyway, Trump broke his thirty-six-hour silence yesterday by holding a press conference at the White House...
via: GettyAnd, in doing so, he caused some of his own Republicans to break from him.
So, what exactly was said?
via: GettyWell, he wasted no time in expressing his somewhat illegitimate confidence in his chances of re-election, saying almost immediately: "If you count the legal votes, I win." Trump has made this claim before, even though votes are still being counted.
He also weighed in on the mail-in ballots...
via: GettyAnd slammed them as "one-sided."
He then went on to insist that "media polling was election interference"...
via: GettyAdding to his past claims of electoral fraud.
These remarks ultimately forced some Republican lawmakers to break from him entirely.
We want every vote counted, yes every legal vote (of course). But, if you have legit concerns about fraud present E… https://t.co/caVWeqWm9y— Adam Kinzinger (@Adam Kinzinger)1604621232.0
Kinzinger has previously spoken out against Trump's impatience with the ballot counting...
Stop. Full stop. The votes will be counted and you will either win or lose. And America will accept that. Patien… https://t.co/C5OhyIxqIe— Adam Kinzinger (@Adam Kinzinger)1604469165.0
Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska seconded this, saying in a statement:
via: Getty"Americans voted in a peaceful election and there's not a winner until all the legally cast votes are counted."
Thirdly, Mitt Romney, a GOP Senator in Utah, reiterated in a statement that the process of counting votes is supposed to be "long and, for those running, frustrating."
via: Getty"If there are irregularities alleged, they will be investigated and ultimately resolved in the courts. Have faith in democracy, in our Constitution, and in the American people," Romney added.
Texas Congressman, Will Hurd, suggested Trump's statements were undermining democracy.
A sitting president undermining our political process & questioning the legality of the voices of countless America… https://t.co/pFVsa7UWxn— Will Hurd (@Will Hurd)1604626575.0
Among the reactions, one celebrity had a very emotional response to the "car crash" speech.
via: Getty ImagesLate-night host Stephen Colbert broke down during Thursday's monologue over the president's rant.
Colbert was reduced to tears.
via: TwitterAnd didn't hold back in responding to Trump's conspiracy-filled remarks.
Dressed in black to "wear something somber," Colbert expressed his frustration at the president.
via: Twitter"The president came out into the White House briefing room and lied for 15 minutes," he said
via: Twitter"Just nonsensical stuff about illegal vote dumps and corrupt election officials and secret democratic counting cabals, and I don't know, longform birth certificates, probably. It's all the same. And if you did not know that Joe Biden was getting close to 270, Donald Trump just provided all the proof you will ever need."
Colbert went on to say that Trump's comments, dating back to his 2016 campaign, made it clear that he would dispute any result in which he was not the winner.
via: Twitter"So we all knew he would do this," he said before becoming emotional. "What I didn't know is that it would hurt so much. I didn't expect this to break my heart. For him to cast a dark shadow on our most sacred right from the briefing room in the White House — our house, not his — that is devastating."
He didn't stop there...
via: Twitter"He is the president of the United States," he continued. "That office means something, and that office should have some shred of decency."
Colbert then turned his attention to Republican lawmakers and officials.
via: Twitter"Republicans have to speak up. All of them," he said. "Because for evil to succeed, all that is necessary is for good men to do nothing. You only survived this up until now because a lot of voters didn't want to believe everything that was obvious to so many of us, that Donald Trump is a fascist."
The star said Republicans need to "get off the Trump train."
via: Twitter"It's not a passenger train, and he'll load you on it sometime, too."
Watch the full clip below.
"If you did not know that Joe Biden was getting close to 270, Donald Trump just provided all the proof you will eve… https://t.co/Jvrl8mhNXC— A Late Show (@A Late Show)1604637420.0