Minutes earlier than the taping of Monday’s Late Present, the electoral school licensed Joe Biden’s victory within the presidential election, successfully ending Donald Trump’s longshot try and subvert America’s democratic course of. “At this level, Joe Biden has received the election so many occasions, he’s our forty sixth president by means of 51st president,” joked Stephen Colbert. “After six agonizing weeks, the election is lastly over. Stick a fork within the president, he’s completed. Additionally, hold that fork useful as a result of poking him within the butt could be the one solution to get him out of the White Home.”
The electoral school vote, normally an obscure constitutional formality underneath scrutiny this 12 months because of the president’s unprecedented and broadly unsuccessful makes an attempt to overturn the election, spells the tip of “all of the doable methods [Trump] might try and destroy our democracy”, mentioned Colbert, “however that doesn’t imply his months-long assault hasn’t completed some injury”.
Working example: the heightened safety and stress surrounding Monday’s electoral school vote, as fears of violence, whipped up by a president who nonetheless refuses to concede the election, led Michigan to shut its capitol, Arizona to carry its assembly at an undisclosed location and Wisconsin to put in a secret entrance to guard its electors. “That is loopy!” Colbert exclaimed. “These individuals aren’t politicians. They’re not even voters. They’re messengers of what the voters mentioned.
“That is what the phrase ‘don’t shoot the messengers’ was actually invented for,” Colbert continued. “However due to the GOP, now that saying is, ‘Purchase the messengers some bulletproof vests, and sneak him in by means of the again door as a result of we’re cuckoo bananas and we’ve obtained loads of weapons.’”
The electoral school vote, given its personal election night-style particular on CNN, ought to “all be simply boring – everybody is aware of it’s going to occur”, Colbert added. “It’s not usually information in any respect. It’s like issuing dying threats to color for drying.”
On the Every day Present, Trevor Noah recapped one other knockout blow to the Trump’s probabilities of subverting American democracy: on Saturday, the supreme courtroom summarily declined to listen to a long-shot lawsuit introduced by the legal professional basic of Texas, and supported by 126 Home Republicans, to invalidate the votes in key states akin to Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.
The rejection was “ice chilly”, mentioned Noah, “as a result of not solely did the supreme courtroom not even hear Trump’s case, they introduced to everybody that they weren’t going to listen to it. Like, it’s unhealthy sufficient when somebody sends you straight to voicemail, however think about in the event that they then went round telling everybody that they did it.
“That is how far Republicans have gone since election day,” Noah later added. “You keep in mind at first, they have been like, ‘Maintain on, maintain on, we don’t know who will win the recounts, simply let the method play out.’ Then they counted all of the votes, and Republicans have been like, ‘We don’t know who will win the authorized challenges, simply let the method play out.’ And now that the authorized challenges are over, they’re like, ‘We don’t know who Congress will vote for, let the method play out.’
“In the meantime, their supporters are out within the streets inflicting shit to go down,” he mentioned, referring to an occasion over the weekend during which 1000’s of Trump supporters, together with members of far-right extremist group the Proud Boys, marched in Washington and sparked violent clashes with police and counter-protesters.
“Primarily based on how they’ve acted to date, don’t depend on Republicans to place a cease to that,” Noah mentioned. “It’s extra probably that they’ll spend the following 4 years saying, ‘I do know Joe Biden says he’s president, however there’s nonetheless violence within the streets and we don’t know who’s going to win that, so let the method play out.’”
And on Late Night time, Seth Meyers additionally mentioned the supreme courtroom’s dismissal of the Texas lawsuit to invalidate tens of millions of votes in different states. “The intense conservatives, together with three Trump appointees, didn’t wish to be anyplace close to this factor as a result of it was too loopy,” he mentioned. “They have been blissful to go along with Trump to TP the precept’s home, however when he mentioned, ‘Now ought to we go in and kill him?’ He needed to know they have been gonna again out.”
Regardless of the death-knell setback, Trump’s staff continued to press on with new strains on overturning the election: on Fox & Mates, the White Home adviser Stephen Miller known as for state legislatures to demand their electors vote for Trump and spewed conspiracy theories about “1000’s” of invalid votes from, amongst many classes, deceased voters.
“After all Miller thinks there are lifeless voters as a result of he is a lifeless voter,” Meyers retorted. “Technically, undead – he got here into existence when a Charles Adams drawing was struck by lightning.
“To be clear, what he’s saying there’s that Congress and state legislatures ought to step in and overturn an election during which 7 million extra Individuals voted for Biden than Trump,” mentioned Meyers.
“These guys wish to shred the authorized votes of tens of millions of Individuals simply because they disagree with the result,” he added. “In the event that they succeed now or sooner or later, that’s by definition the tip of our democracy.”