Colbert to Kennedy on retirement: Don't tell me your mind's going because 'you never had one!'

CBS "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert slammed Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy after the 81-year-old announced his retirement, criticizing his decisions in two major cases.

"I never thought I’d say this, but you’re only 81! They say 81 is the new 79," Colbert joked during his opening monologue late Wednesday. "And don’t tell me your mind’s going, because I read Bush v. Gore and Citizen’s United. You never had one."

The ribbing came after Kennedy earlier Wednesday announced his retirement at the end of July. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKavanaugh gets questionnaires for confirmation hearing Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick Franken offers Dems a line of questioning for Kavanaugh's 'weirdly specific bit of bulls---' MORE (R-Ky.) announced his intention to hold a vote on President TrumpDonald John TrumpReporters defend CNN's Acosta after White House says he 'disrespected' Trump with question Security costs of Trump visit to Scotland sparks outrage among Scottish citizens Ex-CIA officer: Prosecution of Russians indicted for DNC hack 'ain't ever going to happen' MORE's selection to replace Kennedy in the fall, despite staunch criticism from Democrats who want to delay the vote until after the election.

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"This is a seismic political event, because Kennedy has been the decisive vote in many cases, and his retirement gives Trump the opportunity to fundamentally change the course of the Supreme Court," Colbert, who has made daily political events the centerpiece of his monologues, continued. "And I would not trust Trump to fundamentally change the dessert course."

"Oh, we are supremely screwed. I look forward to Wolf Blitzer in 2021: 'In the end, this Supreme Court case will be decided by the swing vote, Justice Meatloaf,' " he added, referring to the former rock star, whose real name is Marvin Lee Aday, who starred on Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" on NBC in 2011.

"I could see Trump appointing [Rudy] Giuliani, just to keep him off television," Colbert said.

Kennedy was nominated by President Reagan in 1988 after Reagan's first choice, Robert Bork, was rejected by the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Bush v. Gore was the 2000 Supreme Court ruling that stopped a recount of votes in Florida during that year's presidential election, effectively making Republican nominee George W. Bush the winner over Democratic nominee Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreAl Gore warns of 'ominous' record-breaking heat Colbert to Kennedy on retirement: Don't tell me your mind's going because 'you never had one!' Budowsky: Obama remains AWOL for Dems MORE. Kennedy voted to stop the recount in a 5-4 decision.

Citizen's United, meanwhile, is the 2010 ruling that struck down limits on the amount of money entities such as super PACs can spend during campaigns. Kennedy also voted with the 5-4 majority.

Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia in January 2017, shortly after taking office.

Three months later, Gorsuch was confirmed by a 54-45 vote mostly along party lines.