Stephen Colbert addressed the alleged murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the top of the Late Show last night and, to be expected, lambasted President Donald Trump and his uncharacteristic, ‘meh reaction. After all, this is a man who’s gone on Twitter tirades against everyone from Beyonce to Bette Midler to Mac Miller. You’d think our president could’ve mustered up some vitriol for the horrifying killing of Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey. According to multiple reports, based on audio from Turkish press, Khashoggi was tortured before being dismembered.
“Of course the big story,” Colbert began, “continues to be Donald Trump reacting to the likely murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi with a firm ‘I don’t know,’” at which point Colbert delivers a shrug. “This afternoon Trump gave his hot take on the journalist’s fate.”
As a clip rolls we find the always-articulate Trump standing on an airport tarmac, a United States of America chopper in the background, when a reporter asks, “Mr. President, do you believe Jamal Khashoggi is dead?”
After a pause to collect his thoughts (probably?), our president came out with, “Uh, it certainly looks that way to me. It’s very sad.”
“Trump’s getting some criticism for his bold soft-on-murder stance,” Colbert continued. “But some people still have his back, including televangelist and human estate sale Pat Robertson. Robertson has spent the past few days downplaying Khashoggi’s murder and prioritizing the financial benefit of siding with Saudi Arabia.”
Cue the clip.
“You have a hundred billion dollars worth of arms sales,” Robertson began. “But more than that we have to have some Arab allies. I know it’s bad but we’ve had all kinds of stuff. You don’t blow up an International alliance over one person. I’m sorry.”
Watch the full Colbert video below.