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Stephen Colbert On Post-Election America: “We Drank Too Much of the Poison”

As the presidential election was finally wrapping up last night, Stephen Colbert delivered a  soliloquy about the state of our country and politics to end his appropriately titled Showtime special, “Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going To Clean Up This Sh*t?”

“I think we can agree that this has been an absolutely exhausting, bruising election for everyone,” he said. “We all now feel the way Rudy Giuliani looks. Seeing this election…people all over the world, people are going to be asking if America has lost it’s mind. And the answer is, ‘We have 300 million guns and a lot of stress right now, so back up.’ By every metric we are more divided than ever as a nation… Both sides are terrified of the other side. I think that’s why voting booths have a curtain, so you have a place to hide.”

“So how did our politics get so poisonous,” he added. “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, right? And you know you’re right. You know you’re right.”

He went on to mourn a time in America when politics weren’t discussed 24/7, when they weren’t on the minds of children and everyone else at all times because it “left room in our lives for other things and for other people.”

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