“This one is a nail biter and a passport grabber,” he said. “It feels like we’re trying to avoid the apocalypse, and half of the country is voting for the asteroid.”
Colbert has made no secret of his opposition to Trump, even as he traded in his Comedy Central character for the “Late Show” gig on a major broadcaster.
His opening monologue included moments of levity. He showed an image of Trump appearing to peek at his wife's ballot as the couple cast votes in New York earlier in the day.
“That is the first time Trump has been caught cheating off one of his wives instead of on one of his wives,” Colbert cracked.
Later, he explained how his show would fill in the electoral map: “I don’t believe in red states or blue states. So on our map, when Trump wins a state, it will turn bright orange. And when Hillary Clinton wins a state, it will be deleted.”
As the evening wore on, however, Colbert began to lose his sense of humor. When Florida went for Trump, guest Mark Halperin of Bloomberg remarked that the real estate tycoon was on the verge of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House.
“That's a horrifying prospect. I cannot put a happy face on that,” said a sober Colbert. “And that's my job.”