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Stephen Colbert Says Trump Attacked Boy Scouts’ ‘Belief in Our Democracy’


President Trump used his speech to the Boy Scouts as a platform for political grievances, and Stephen Colbert was not thrilled about it.


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Punch Bowl Pollution

Stephen Colbert said President Trump didn’t exactly play to the crowd with his politically combative speech to the Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday, bragging about his election win and calling Washington a “sewer.” Mr. Colbert pointed out that the Boy Scouts is a nonpartisan organization, “known for their love of civic engagement.”

“They have a deep, abiding, non-cynical, non-ironic belief in our democracy. And Donald Trump took the opportunity to drop a deuce in that punch bowl.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

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On “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah had an equally frank appraisal. He focused on the fact that Mr. Trump took the opportunity to favorably compare himself to his predecessor, Barack Obama.

“Trump sounds less like a president and more like a drunk stepdad. ‘Did your real dad ever take you to Chuck E. Cheese?! Huh? Hah? Let you have a glass of Jack, take you fishing? I’m gonna be sick…’” — TREVOR NOAH

The Mooch Stays in the Hot Seat

Seth Meyers continued to give the new White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, a full dose of late-night welcome. Mr. Scaramucci announced on Monday that he would be allowing cameras back into the briefing room.

“Anthony Scaramucci announced that press briefings will be televised again, tweeting yesterday, ‘TV cameras are back on.’ Yeah, I bet they are. Look at that guy. He did not work on his hair that long to go on the radio.” — SETH MEYERS

“Look at him: He’s like a televangelist without the humility.” — SETH MEYERS

Health Bill Wild West

Video by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

On Tuesday, Senate Republicans voted to continue debating whether to pass a bill repealing the Affordable Care Act. The late-night hosts thought that it was so convoluted it was funny.

“Ahead of the health care vote senators were saying that they had no clue what they’d be voting on. Then Americans said, ‘Hey, just like us during the election.’” — JIMMY FALLON

“The bill was a total mystery. It’s like ‘Westworld’: No one knows exactly what’s going on, but it’s probably going to be a bad thing for women.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

The Punchiest Punchlines (Hot Mike Edition)

“This morning two senators were caught on a hot mike calling President Trump crazy. And when the news came out, literally every member of the Senate was like, ‘Wait, was it me?’” — JIMMY FALLON

“We’re still getting to know Trump’s communications director, Anthony Scaramucci. I saw that his friends like to call him the Mooch. When Trump heard that he was like, ‘Great, now what am I gonna call Don Jr. and Eric?’” — JIMMY FALLON

The Bits Worth Watching

“The Late Show” started with a Boy Scouts horror story about the invasion of a “pumpkin man.”

Video by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

“You’re spinning a record? It’s a baby? It’s a child?”

Video by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

What We’re Excited About on Wednesday Night

Michael Moore was among the most prominent figures on the left to predict Mr. Trump’s victory in November. Now he’s starring in a one-man Broadway show. Stephen Colbert will speak to Mr. Moore on “The Late Show” on Wednesday.

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