Stephen Colbert's Election Night special may have been intended as a comedic alternative to other political coverage, but it wound up being a sobering moment for the late night host.
Colbert hosted a Showtime comedy special, Stephen Colbert's Live Election Night Democracy's Series Finale: Who's Going to Clean Up This Sh*t?, Tuesday night with a group of celebrity guests. As the reality began setting in that Trump was going to become the new president of the United States, the liberal-leaning host was much more serious in tone.
"If Donald Trump is the next president of the United States, it's all of our responsibility to find a positive aspect," he said during the special.
The late night host, who rose to fame with his right wing satire show The Colbert Report, delivered an epic monologue about Trump's victory, the lunacy of this election and the state of America.
"I think we can agree that this has been an absolutely exhausting, bruising election for everyone. And it has come to an ending I did not imagine. We all now feel the way Rudy Giuliani looks," Colbert quipped.
"How did our politics get so poisonous? I think it's because we overdosed, especially this year. We drank too much of the poison. You take a little bit of it so you can hate the other side and it tastes kind of good and you like how it feels. And there's a gentle high to the condemnation."
While the monologue was tinged with over-the-top bravado, it did conclude with Colbert listing off what America can agree on, and what they should do now.
"Above all, we, as a nation, should never, ever have another election like this one. Do you agree?" he said, to which the audience roared with applause. "Now, please. Get out there. Kiss a Democrat. Go hug a Republican. Give a Libertarian a reach-around. I don't care! The election is over. You survived."