CBS Late Show, NYT ‘Joke' About Brutally Killing Trump Adviser Over Voter Fraud Comments

After doubling-down on President Trump’s comments about voter fraud, Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller is now getting death threats disguised as “jokes” from the media. During a contentious interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week Sunday, Miller repeated Trump’s claim that he lost states like New Hampshire due to “voter fraud” and illegal immigrants voting. “Voter fraud is a serious problem in this country,” Miller added, arguing with Stephanopoulos that he would go on any show and repeat Trump’s claims of voter fraud as “fact.” That made Miller the target for late-night comedians Monday night.

While NBC’s Seth Meyers relied on the favorite “Hitler” jokes, (which MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough repeated the next morning on Twitter,) CBS’s Stephen Colbert took the comedy to a more extreme level on the Late Show

After challenging Miller to come on his show, Colbert played a video clip which superimposed Miller repeating the voter fraud claims on “other” television shows. “We know for a fact, you have massive numbers of non-citizens registered to vote in this country. Nobody disputes that,” he says as he is electrocuted, bashed in the head with a baseball bat, and decapitated. One of the scenes Miller is added to is from the HBO series Game of Thrones, and mirrors a controversial scene where the show’s creators placed former President George W. Bush’s head on a spike.

Even the New York Times happily promoted the violent “funny” video, complete with the “head on a stick” screenshot.

While Colbert appears to take issue with Miller’s claim that voter fraud in general exists, even the Washington Post conceded that some of Miller’s claims about voter fraud were true.

 
Kristine Marsh
Kristine Marsh
Kristine Marsh is an analyst for the Media Research Center's News Analysis Division.