Stephen Colbert Spoofs Rachel Maddow’s Big Reveal of Donald Trump’s Tax Returns
Stephen Colbert kicked off The Late Show Wednesday with a spoof on Rachel Maddow’s anticlimactic reveal of part of President Donald Trump’s 2005 tax returns. Apparently, Colbert wasn’t impressed by Maddow’s big reveal.
“I hold in my hand something very significant,” he said, dressed in Maddow’s signature blazer. “It is a joke, a joke that we have confirmed has been heard by Donald Trump. We believe this is the first time any joke dealing with Donald Trump has been released.”
Colbert performed the spoof in front of a backdrop similar to the one Maddow uses for her show, which according to The Independent, has recently become the most popular cable news program among anti-Trump viewers.
The Late Show host then ranted about chickens and roads and whether or not either have something to do with Russia.
“But whether or not you’re a Trump supporter, whether or not you’ve heard this joke before, it should give you pause that after all of this buildup I still haven’t gotten to the punchline,” Colbert built up the joke, only to go to a commercial break.
Since Maddow’s Tuesday show, others have been slightly more critical of the exclusive story than Colbert. In response, Maddow has defended her arguably disappointing segment, which showed that Trump earned $150 million in 2005 and paid $38 million in income taxes that same year.
“My priority is to get the story right and put it into proper context, and explain the weight of it and why it is important,” Maddow told The Associated Press. “This is a super interesting first window into his finances, and the question of his finances is a legitimate scandal.”
On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Maddow discussed the Trump tax returns and how she and journalist David Cay Johnson obtained and verified the forms with the help of tax experts and even The White House. She then explained that while they waited for verification, two completely separate shows were produced, just in case the documents turned out to be fraudulent.
“One was, ‘We’ve got his tax returns,’ and one was, ‘Nothing to see here,’” Maddow told Jimmy Fallon. “We had different guests booked, a whole different show completely lined up and ready to go in case it falls through.”
More in Humor
10 Things That Almost Make You Feel Like An Adult. Almost.
No one ever said being an adult was easy, but they never said it would be this hard, either. Whether it’s...Nov 14, 2017
Doctor Stays in Character as Joker and Delivers Baby On Halloween
If you think that Joker is just always up to no good, think again! Donned as the archnemesis of the caped...Nov 14, 2017
Feline Lucky? Take our Purrfect Cat QuizNov 9, 2017
Guy Jokingly Asks to Borrow Greenland, Gets Reply from the Ministry!
A guy named Joe from Salem, Oregon recently wrote Denmark to ask if he could borrow the small country of Greenland...Nov 5, 2017
Guy Wears the Cone of Shame so His Neutered Cat Won’t Be Embarrassed
Rengar is an ordinary cat with an awesome “dad”. He loves to hang around his dad, and they love to do...Nov 1, 2017
Pitbull Dresses Up as Favorite UPS Driver for Halloween
Lucy, a pitbull from Illinois, surprised her special friend Paul, a UPS driver, as she donned a UPS costume this Halloween....Oct 29, 2017
Hippo Photobombs Marriage Proposal and the Couple is Loving It
Nick Kelble and his longtime girlfriend Hayley Roll went to the Cincinnati Zoo for a little stroll. Roll thought that they...Oct 26, 2017
Guy Proposes to Unsuspecting Girlfriend During Crossfit Training
Chaz Zenga, 27, found a clever way to propose to his girlfriend Dana Kirkland while they were doing a gym workout....Oct 22, 2017
These Ridiculous Selfies Have Humanity Worried for the Future
People have always done crazy things. Every time we think our race couldn't possibly top itself in terms of stupidity, some...Oct 18, 2017