In the wee hours of the night, shortly before the race was called in favor of Donald Trump, Stephen Colbert wrapped up his Live Election Night special on Showtime with some poignant parting words. While Colbert has been as critical of Trump as any other late night host, he didn’t spend much time discussing the new president-elect in his speech to the audience at his shown.
Instead, he wanted to focus on bringing Americans together.
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Colbert begins by discussing politics as an obsession. While being informed is important, he says, it’s not healthy to spend as much time as we doing thinking about, talking about, writing about and reading about the political system. When he was young, “politics used to be something we thought about every four years, maybe two years, if you didn’t have a lot of social life.”
He then goes on to talk about all the things that truly unite Americans, regardless of their politics. For example, we all agree that “work email sucks,” that you shouldn’t eat a Kit Kat like a normal candy bar and that veggie pizza stinks.
Watching late night television is going to be fascinating not only in the coming days, but in the months and years after Trump takes office. But for now, let’s just enjoy Colbert’s message of solidarity as the final ballots are counted: