Late-night host Stephen Colbert on Monday knocked President Trump as he asked the president’s 2016 opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, about the prospects of a Trump impeachment amid a swirling scandal surrounding his contacts with Ukraine.
“Your fault for coming on Ukraine week,” Colbert, a frequent critic of the president, joked to Clinton.
“We learned about the Trump-Ukraine call, the private server. Is it time to, dare I say, ‘lock him up?’ ” Colbert quipped, referencing the refrain Trump and his supporters commonly used to target Clinton during the 2016 election.
“What do you make of it?” he asked Clinton as the audience began a “lock him up” chant similar to the “lock her up” chants Trump supporters made during rallies leading up to the 2016 election.
“We have started an impeachment inquiry, which will look at the evidence, and I think that’s exactly what should be done,” Clinton said.
“I believe strongly that this particular incident has had such a huge impact because we’ve known for a long time that he was a corrupt businessman who cheated people,” she said.
“But to see him in the office of the president, putting his own personal and political interests ahead of the national security of our country, just pierced through whatever confusion or denial people had,” she added later, eliciting applause from the audience.
Clinton’s comments come amid controversy surrounding Trump’s contacts with Ukraine and reports that he urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, who is the front-runner in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.
The former secretary of State said she backed impeaching Trump last week, saying he is a “clear and present danger to the U.S.”
“The president of the United States has betrayed our country. That’s not a political statement — it’s a harsh reality, and we must act,” she tweeted. “He is a clear and present danger to the things that keep us strong and free. I support impeachment.”