On the Wednesday night The Late Show, Stephen Colbert mocked Kanye West's tweets about Trump that had set the internet abuzz earlier in the day. The rapper had praised the president, saying he "loved" him, which drew ire from some liberals. Colbert didn't hold back any frustration, either, jeering at the duo he called "Yeezy and Sleazy."
"You don't have to agree with trump but the mob can't make me not love him," Kanye tweeted on Wednesday. "We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don't agree with everything anyone does. That's what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought."
"Yes, we have the right to independent thought," Colbert said that night, "and I independently think that Kanye has lost his mind."
"You know what?" Colbert continued, addressing Kanye. "Donald Trump is your brother. It is true. I'm your brother, too. And brother to brother, I just want to say… put the phone down!"
Colbert lambasted the "total bro-fest" between the two men and quipped that the audience should "look for their new album, Yeezy & Sleazy."
Kanye's vocal support for Trump has made headlines several times before. The rapper met the president-elect in Trump Tower in December 2016, shortly before his inauguration. Afterward, Trump said that he and Kanye had been "friends for a long time."
On a stop in San Jose for his Life of Pablo tour, Kanye gave a long speech to the crowd about the 2016 presidential election. He said that he didn't vote but would have voted for Trump. Earlier this week, he discussed his "love" for the president with radio presenter Ebro.
Then he took it a step further with Wednesday's tweet stream, which included a photo of his signed "Make America Great Again" hat, along with 30 fire emojis. "I'm not scared of the media," he also wrote. "This tweet is in love not fear." A few posts in, he added that his wife, Kim Kardashian, asked him to clarify that he doesn't agree with everything that Trump does.
Colbert made fun of the MAGA hat tweet. Referencing the 30 emojis, he joked, "Now that is fitting, because that is how many times I would set that hat on fire."
"Donald Trump actually responded to Kanye," Colbert noted near the end of the clip, "I assume because an alarm went off in the White House that someone on Twitter was being crazier than him." Trump tweeted back at Kanye twice on Wednesday, first by expressing his gratitude — "Thank you Kanye, very cool!" — and then with a simple "MAGA!" in reaction to West's photo of his hat.
Kanye's tweets have angered many liberals in his fan base and inspired a backlash from many progressive black artists. Some have accused him of spouting pro-Trump comments to gain publicity in advance of his new album, which is currently due to come out sometime in June. Colbert had a (sarcastically) cynical take on Kanye's remarks, too.
"I think Kanye's lobbying for a job as Trump's new communications director," he said. "They could just change his name to Kellyanne Kanye."
Colbert finished the clip with a particularly brutal dig. "Congratulations to President Donald Trump on securing the coveted Kanye endorsement," he said. "That is not easy to get. Right now, it's just you and 'BILL COSBY INNOCENT!'" In February of 2016, Kanye tweeted those words in support of the alleged sexual assaulter (Cosby has pleaded not guilty in his ongoing trial).
Colbert's critique is just one part of the massive recoil from liberals in response to Kanye's words. But if West is truly "not scared of the media," the backlash isn't likely to make him change his views.