Colbert presents ‘Once Upon Impeachment’ as new ‘animated classic’
CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Thursday offered a mocking new Christmas special called “Once Upon Impeachment” to mark the holiday season, taking a jab at President Trump and the ongoing impeachment process.
The special, which Colbert called “a brand new animated Christmas classic” begins with Santa speaking to children in the North Pole, promising one child 2 million likes on TikTok and telling another that even he can’t reverse the effects of climate change.
An animated Trump then calls Santa, nicknaming him “Crooked Krinkle.” Santa asks the president for the “plutonium that Congress approved” to make more gifts, but Trump asks Santa to “do me a favor,” referencing his July 25 conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the center of the impeachment inquiry launched earlier this year.
The sketch then pans to an animated CNN, where a satirical Wolf Blitzer interviews a “second whistleblower” about Santa and Trump’s conversation, who says Trump asked Santa for the “naughty and nice list” for “dirt on [former Vice President] Joe Biden” in exchange for the “plutonium.”
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) December 20, 2019
Earlier this year, a whistleblower complaint sparked the impeachment inquiry against Trump after alleging that Trump held up millions in military aid to Ukraine in exchange for investigations into Trump’s political foes. Trump was impeached by the House this week on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress articles of impeachment.
The cartoon goes on to feature a slate of animated characters appearing before a mock impeachment hearing, including Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). Giuliani appears at the North Pole and obtains the naughty and nice list, but Santa arrives at the Capitol and tells lawmakers “he told you every naughty thing he ever did, and you still elected him president.”
“The more we talk about naughtiness, the more it can seem like the only thing left that exists. An so Mr. Chairman, I would like to submit something for the record,” the satirical Santa Claus tells the animated Schiff, before reading entries from the nice list. Trump can be seen watching the “testimony” on a cellphone and attempting to launch a drone strike on Santa Claus before he is hit with a snowball by Frosty the Snowman
“And so, ask not who’s been naughty to you,” Santa Claus says. “Ask who you can be nice to.”