Stephen Colbert, host of CBS' "The Late Show," is not typically known for being a figure that is friendly to the right. During his long stint on "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central, his entire schtick was pretending to be the stereotypical depiction of a Republican. While oftentimes humorous, for anyone typically voting GOP, his show would often leave a bad taste in your mouth.
But during his show Tuesday night, Colbert seemed just as shocked as the rest of us when it was more or less certain that Republican Donald Trump was going to win the presidency. Colbert, however, didn't spit venom, nor did he resort to breaking down the Republican Party and those who voted for them with biting comedy.
Instead, the host began to turn down the humor and spoke to the crowd, not as a partisan political pundit, but as a regular American. He began to discuss how everyone may be tempted to get angry and lash out.
"How did our politics get so poisonous?" asked Colbert thoughtfully to a silent crowd. "I think it's because we overdosed. Especially this year. We drank too much of the poison. You take a little bit of it so you can hate the other side, and it tastes kind of good, and you like how it feels, and there's a gentle high to the condemnation."
Colbert went on to list for the audience humorous examples of things we can all agree on, before wrapping up with a funny, but unifying message.
"Now please. Get out there. Kiss a Democrat. Go hug a Republican. Give a Libertarian a reach around," said Colbert. "I don't care. The election is over. You survived. Goodnight, and may God bless America."