It goes without saying that late night hosts and their audiences tend to lean left in their politics. However, after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, their reaction proves how blindly partisan they really are.
On Tuesday night’s edition of CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the host opened his monologue with the breaking news of the day.
“Huge story that broke just minutes ago, less than 10 minutes ago. FBI Director James Comey has just been fired by Donald Trump,” Colbert told his audience as they enthusiastically cheered and applauded.
He then made a keen observation, joking, “Huge, huge Donald Trump fans here tonight.”
Colbert, who’s been under fire for his unhinged rant on the President just a week ago, thought that Trump owed Comey a solid after tipping the scales in Donald’s favor before the election when he re-opened the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. And despite his audience cheering in the beginning, they booed when they heard why it was controversial: Comey was leading the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
Democrats and NeverTrumpers lit their hair on fire on Tuesday night by calling Comey’s firing a cover-up for what they believe was new information of collusion between Trump and the Russians. They’re now demanding that a special prosecutor in the investigation into Russia be assigned.
However, they’re inaccurately framing the story.
The shorter explanation for his firing is that Comey’s boss, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who was sworn into office in late April, sent a memo to Attorney General Jeff Sessions assessing Comey’s performance.
In it, Rosenstein criticized Comey for overstepping his bounds, “The Director was wrong to usurp the Attorney General’s authority on July 5, 2016, and announce his conclusion that the case should be closed without prosecution. It is not the function of the Director to make such an announcement. At most, the Director should have said the F.B.I. had completed its investigation and presented its findings to federal prosecutors.”
Maybe late night comedians should wait until all the facts come out before giving their hot take and risk misleading their audiences.
Watch Colbert’s monologue below: