Colbert Mocks Dems: 'Is Elizabeth Warren From Mayberry?' Bernie Swallowed a Bumblebee?

By Susan Jones | September 13, 2019 | 6:21am EDT
"Late Night" host Stephen Colbert makes fun of the Democrat presidential candidates' debate performance. (Photo: Screen capture)

( - One way to measure the candidates' debate performance is to watch what the late-night comedians are saying.

In a live show following the debate, Stephen Colbert, host of the CBS "Late Show," had jokes about all ten Democrats, including an imitation of Bernie Sanders' raspy voice (Medicare for all will fix it!), and a jibe at Elizabeth Warren's "folksy roots."

Warren, in her opening remarks Thursday night, mentioned being a working mother, living in Houston: "By then, I had two little kids, and when child care nearly brought me down, my Aunt Bee moved in and saved us all."

"Wait -- hold -- what?!" Colbert said of Warren's "folksy roots."

"Aunt Bee? Is Elizabeth Warren from Mayberry? Could she make Barney national security adviser?" Colbert joked.

Colbert singled out candidate Andrew Yang, who told the nation, "My father grew up on a peanut farm in Asia with no floor, and now his son is running for president."

Cue Colbert: "And the 'Humble background games’ are officially open. Can anyone here tonight beat 'No-floor peanut farm?' The bidding starts at 'Slept in a bucket behind a cockfight.' Anyone? Anyone? Do I hear, 'My mother grew up under a potato farm with no roof?' Anyone?"

Colbert also mocked Yang, who is promising all Americans a freedom dividend of $1,000 a month: "Daddy's got deep pockets! Vote for me, and I'll make it rain!" Colbert joked.

He did not spare Joe Biden, noting that the former vice president "got technological when talking about education."

"Play the radio," Biden advised. "Make sure the television-- excuse me, make sure you have the record player on at night, the phon-- make sure that kids hear words."

Colbert, mimicking Biden, joked: "Crank the Victrola and put on the Mitch Miller! And then get yourself a new wireless set and gather around the whole family and stare at it and listen to F.D.R. give it good to Tojo and his boys! Corregidor!"

Colbert also mimicked Sen. Bernie Sanders, who spoke in a rasping voice:

"Now, Bernie Sanders, of course, looks like a man who always carries a lozenge in his pocket. Well, tonight it really should have been unwrapped," Colbert said.

To illustrate his point, Colbert replayed Sanders saying, "We must and will defeat Trump, the most dangerous president in the history of this country."

"Almost as dangerous as the bumblebee that I swallowed before this debate," Colbert said, speaking like Sanders. "Got it right there! I am going into anaphylactic shock, which would be covered under Medicare for all."


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