Colbert compares Trump to herpes: We might still see 'blossomings of him'
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Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertColbert asks Republicans 'have you had enough?' in live show after Capitol violence Late-night hosts announce plans to discuss Capitol violence Abrams makes final-day plea to Georgia voters: 'I'm counting on you' MORE said President TrumpDonald TrumpFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media MORE “might be something that never fully goes away” during the Biden administration, joking in a new interview that Trump is "like herpes."

Asked what the “Late Show” will look like in a year, the late-night host told Vanity Fair magazine that he is hoping his show’s production can safely return to in-person tapings after the coronavirus pandemic. 

“There might be echoes of [Trump],” Colbert told the magazine in a profile published Wednesday. “He might be something that never fully goes away. He’s like herpes — there might be blossomings of him where we have to take Valtrex. We have to take the Valtrex to keep the Trump blossoms down.” 


However, Colbert, who has regularly criticized the Trump administration, also joked that he is looking forward to discussing the White House and politics in general less on the show during Biden’s time in office. 

“If Joe BidenJoe BidenMissouri woman seen with Pelosi sign charged in connection with Capitol riots Facebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP MORE is a pair of khaki pants inside a manila envelope, that would be great,” he told Vanity Fair. “I actually don’t think you need to think about politics all the time. And one of the things I’m looking forward to is not.”

During the wide-ranging interview, Colbert added that he believes the “Late Show” has been “about loss” for many Americans during the Trump administration and the nationwide response to COVID-19.

“What has occurred to me since Trump became president is that what the show is about is loss. And you feel it with such clarity, because you’re losing something you love, which is — however illusory or real, because I’m not going to judge either way — America’s moral authority in the world, that shining city on the hill,” Colbert said.

Trump has also previously criticized the late-night host. After taking office in 2017, the president called him a “no-talent guy” who says “filthy” things about his administration.