Stephen Colbert's Election Special Opens With A Donald Trump Origin Story Worthy Of A Comic Book Villain — VIDEO
The 2016 election isn't over yet, but many Americans likely need a break from all of the speculation and punditry that's causing anxiety across the nation. Luckily, Stephen Colbert's live election special, Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This Sh*t?, aired on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET to help us find some humor in the utter lunacy this night has become. Rather than going straight to an opening monologue the way most late-night shows — including his own CBS series The Late Show — do, Colbert started with an animated video about Donald Trump that gave the Republican nominee a comic book-esque origin story.
Though Trump is hardly the hero of this story, the video did attempt to humanize him just a little, tying his egotistical ways and presidential run to a traumatic childhood memory. In the video, which is animated in a comic book style, a young Donald is ridiculed by his father for having hands too small to fit in his baseball glove and we see that moment haunting him at the biggest turning point in his life — the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner. The video portrays what really happened that night, when President Obama mocked Trump's birther movement by saying he was going to show his birth video and then playing a scene from The Lion King.
In Colbert's video, the animated Trump cannot handle this humiliation of this moment and, flashing back to when his own father put him down, vows revenge. Now, five years later, he's in a deadlock for President of the United States, and it's all part of his insecurity-fueled, villainous plan. You can watch the video below:
The video didn't show the end of the election, I hope that the protagonist, Hillary Clinton swooped in to save the day. Hopefully, that's what will happen in real life too.