Stephen Miller fought Jim Acosta over the Statue of Liberty earlier this week as he tried to sell Trump’s new immigration plan to the press corps. On Thursday’s Late Show, Stephen Colbert bit back at Miller for implying Lady Liberty’s original purpose was anything other than supportive of immigrants.
“Here’s the thing about the poem on the Statue of Liberty,” Colbert said of Miller’s slight. “I agree with Stephen Miller that we’re never going to live up to it.”
“It’s an aspirational document like ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’ or ‘All men are created equal,’ or ‘Employees must wash hands before returning to work.’ It’s something to strive for. Just because we don’t make it doesn’t make it meaningless.”
“But maybe he’s right. Maybe we need to put a new poem on the Statue of Liberty,” Colbert said, pulling out a torch and tablet.
“Give me your wealthy, your rich, your huddled MBAs yearning to be tax-free. Send these, the English-speaking, fully insured, to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door! And lift my leg upon your filthy poor. P.S. no fatties, please.”