“To recap, last night was loud and alarming. Tonight was slow and boring.”
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert went to air live after the second night of the Republican National Convention, because you don’t need a full day of script prep to point out that the remotely-staged event is a bleak snoozefest and then ram it home by pretending to fall asleep every time you have to mention Mike Pence.
“Despite promises of a positive message, it was dark, angry propaganda with terrible production values,” Colbert said, quickly recapping night one. “They should have called it Triumph of the Will This Be Over Soon?”
He observed that the Democratic Party’s policy of, well, accepting science and treating the coronavirus pandemic as a real and serious problem gave them an advantage over the GOP — Team Trump was still hoping to hold an in-person event up until a month ago.
“The Democrats actually looked ahead, made time to produce something for their convention, four pretty smooth nights — the Republicans had to cram at the last minute,” Colbert pointed out. “Instead of cool videos and location shoots, the RNC is mostly a single location with speakers taking turns at the podium. The evening looked like a racist spelling bee. ‘Can I have the word’s language of origin and then have the word arrested by ICE? Thank you.'”
Colbert also noted the shattering of convention norms (and the violation of the Hatch Act) that occurred over and over again — not only in the use of the White House as a backdrop for a partisan event, but also in the appearance by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo via video from an official (i.e. taxpayer funded) trip to Jerusalem.
“The fact that he’s speaking at all at a convention is, as they say, in the Mideast, no bueno,” Colbert quipped. “Because traditionally, secretaries of state should not be mixing directly in domestic politics. The Secretary of State works for the American people! He shouldn’t be taking sides in our election. He should be meeting with foreign leaders to get them to take sides in our election.”