“Hello, Nation. Did you miss me? — I know I did.” Thus returned America’s greatest self-absorbed blowhard TV personality. And no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump.
On Monday’s Late Show, Stephen brought back his beloved Colbert Report character during a live broadcast recapping the Republican National Convention. Jon Stewart was there, too, but the night belonged to Colbert’s former persona.
The real Colbert began the segment by seeking advice on how to react to Donald Trump’s nomination. After a journey through the woods, he found Jon Stewart in a cabin secluded from current affairs. But Stewart couldn’t handle the news, and brought in “Stephen Colbert,” complete with Captain America shield, to save the day.
After riding on to the stage in a chariot, Colbert marveled, “Wow, look at this place. The host must have quite an ego.” He then sat at the desk and brought back his popular Report segment, “The Word.”
Tonight’s word? “Trumpiness.”
“Trumpiness” is like “Truthiness,” Colbert’s word for Bush-era truth, except that “Truthiness comes from the gut; Trumpiness comes from much further down the gastrointestinal tract.”
“A lot of people are wondering how America, God’s girlfriend, ended up with this guy,” he said of Trump. “This is just the brave new world of American democracy. Truthiness comes from the gut because brains are over-rated.”
“I admire this man,” Colbert went on. “I see myself in him. We’re both over-the-top TV personalities that decided to run for president. I’m humble enough to admit he has surpassed me now. Truthiness has to feel true. But Trumpiness doesn’t even have to do that.”
After the break, the real Colbert hinted that Jon Stewart would return again this week. Let’s hope we haven’t seen the last of “Colbert” either.