Colbert Ridicules Clinton Illness Conspiracy Theories, Trump Claims of Clinton Bigotry

"Hillary Clinton supporters say Secretary Clinton is not ill. Oh really? Then why is it right in her name?"

Here is what some [a lot] of the headlines looked like after Donald Trump spoke at a rally yesterday.


Considering 60 percent of people are not likely to read past the headline, this, for a majority of people, becomes the story. Clinton is a bigot, according to the man whose list of communities or members of those communities he has slammed or mocked over the past year is impressively large, if you’re impressed by, you know, bigotry.

On The Late Show last night, Stephen Colbert gave Trump’s speech the late night treatment, showing a clip in which Trump described the dystopian communities of color of his imagination: “Poverty, rejection, horrible education, no housing, no homes, no ownership.”

“Yes,” Colbert responded at the clip’s end. “Nothing, no one, you’re totally marginalized. For instance, clearly, none of you could get into Trump’s [largely white] rally.”

Colbert continued, with a quintessential distillation of a Trump speech.

“But he didn’t stop there. His brave message of words continued,” said Colbert, before moving on the the next clip, with Trump saying, “To the African-Americans, who I employ so many, so many people. To the Hispanics, tremendous people. What the hell do you have to lose? Give me a chance.”

“Yes, yes, Blacks, Hispanics, what the hell do you have to lose?” said Colbert. “Cause you should really hide whatever that is before he becomes president.”

Colbert also took on the Clinton has an illness conspiracy theories, cobbled together from some timelines, a few photos and videos and a lot of armchair physicianship. The set-up began with a clip of Karl Rove on the Kelly File, lifting up a series of whiteboards as a visual aid to lend support to Rove’s claims that Hillary Clinton has a serious illness.

“There are so many things that the puppet masters of politics don’t want us to know,” said Colbert as prelude to a segment he titled The Late Show Presents Stephen Colbert’s Tinfoil Hat.

For the segment, Colbert comes prepared with his own visual aid, a photo of Clinton with her first name written in block print across the bottom. “Hillary Clinton supporters say Secretary Clinton is not ill. Oh really? Then why is it right in her name?” He covers up some of the letters with his hands, leaving only the word “ill.”

Other visuals follow: his own whiteboards. A magna doodle. A bottle of hidden Valley Ranch.

You can watch the full segment below.