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#FireColbert is now making the rounds on Twitter, thanks in no small part to Stephen Colbert's outrage-fuelled outburst during his Late Show monologue Tuesday, May 2. In it, Colbert kicked off by bringing up President Donald Trump's interview with John Dickerson of Face The Nation, which the president quickly aborted when Dickerson effectively tripped Trump up with his claims that the president doesn't "stand by anything." During the interview, Trump referred to Face The Nation as Deface The Nation and accused Dickerson of promoting "fake news."
When Dickerson caught Trump in his comment that he doesn't "stand by anything," Trump stood and walked behind his desk, indicating that as far as he was concerned, the interview was over.
“John Dickerson is a fair-minded journalist and one of the most competent people who will ever walk into your office," Colbert said, appearing to address Trump via his monologue. "And you treat him like that?”
Colbert then ripped into the president, referring to him as BLOTUS instead of POTUS, and saying he was like a TV show - Disgrace The Nation. It was when Colbert alluded to any purported relationship between Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin that Twitter really started to heat up.
"You talk like a sign-language gorilla that got hit in the head," Colbert said. "In fact, the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c*ck holster."
And the line just got crossed.
Colbert is known for his wit and sharp sense of humor. This statement about any sort of inappropriate behavior between the two world leaders is a step beyond the point where Colbert should have rightfully gone in his insults against the current president.
The thing is, in his tirade, Colbert was merely speaking in the manner which the current American president appears to best understand. Trump has steadily insulted pretty much all comers who dared to have crossed his path, and this has been done with impunity and a seeming lack of decorum. If you are too diplomatic, or tactful, Trump does not appear to get the message. Colbert hit him right where it counts, and while it was very definitely an inappropriate comment, Trump will have gotten the message incredibly clearly about how his perceived relationship with Russia has damaged his public image.
Twitter users are speaking out about both sides of the #FireColbert campaign. Perhaps one of the biggest names speaking out about the #FireColbert campaign is George Takei, aka Sulu from Star Trek: The Original Series, who has a significant Twitter and Facebook following.
"Now the little right wing mushrooms want to #FireColbert because he made fun of the Troll King," Takei, who is gay, tweeted. "Waaaa! It'll go as well as #BoycottHamilton."
Takei was referring to when #BoycottHamilton was hashtagging following the Hamilton cast's comments about Vice President Mike Pence earlier this year. Needless to say, that particular campaign didn't work so well, as Hamilton continues to enjoy a high degree of popularity.
While Takei didn't comment about Colbert's suggestion of inappropriateness between Trump and Putin, it would appear that the actor wasn't terribly offended by anything that Colbert might have said.
Twitter user Denny Forrest said, Vulgar "Homophobic attacks on anyone should never be acceptable in our society....sponsors ? We are watching #FireColbert."
Colbert has said nothing in the wake of the current controversy, and certainly, viewers are anticipating what will happen with tonight's Late Show given Colbert has not said anything via social media virtually since his Trump outburst occurred.