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 McConnellGOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats The national emergency will haunt Republicans come election season Trump: McConnell should keep Senate in session until nominees are approved MORE (R-Ky.) announced his intention to hold a vote on President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE's selection to replace Kennedy in the fall, despite staunch criticism from Democrats who want to delay the vote until after the election.


"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 GoreFor 2020, Democrats are lookin’ for somebody to love Key Colorado House committee passes bill to decide presidential elections by popular vote, not Electoral college David Brock: Howard Schultz’s vanity project will reelect Donald Trump 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.