Bozell & Graham Column: Colbert Cartoon Crumbles Truth

If you're a liberal, what's more fun than watching the liberal press trash conservatives seven days a week? How about watching the entertainment media mock conservatives for complaining about all this abuse?

CBS-owned Showtime has created a Trump-blasting cartoon called Our Cartoon President, reminiscent of that Li'l Bush cartoon bashing George W. Bush that Comedy Central made while he was in office. Can you imagine Showtime airing a president-mocking cartoon while Bill Clinton or Barack Obama were president? How about one about President Hillary? They wouldn't dare. 

Showtime thinks it’s funny to claim conservatives say they are “oppressed” and need a “safe space.” Showtime explains its “cutting-edge comedy presents the truish adventures of Trump” and his family.

"Truish." That word gives you a clue. It's like the truth.

The executive producer is CBS late-night star Stephen Colbert, so the “truish” part is fascinating. In 2005, Colbert was celebrated for mocking President Bush with the word “truthiness,” insisting "We're not talking about truth, we're talking about something that seems like truth – the truth we want to exist.” It was celebrated by Merriam-Webster as “Word of the Year” in 2006.

“Truthiness” perfectly defines this nasty cartoon, made by a nasty man who announced on national television that this president’s mouth was a holster for Vladimir Putin’s penis. He presents Trump and conservatives as the worst kind of loathsome idiots, because that’s the truth he wants to exist. It's "his truth," as the Left so illogically tries to explain these things. It’s just another dose of ongoing therapy for liberals who feel oppressed because Trump is president.

In the July 7 episode, titled “Save the Right,” Ben Shapiro convinces doltish Trump to sign an executive order declaring conservatives a protected class. Shapiro tells Trump that “someday we will achieve true equality and be able to wear a Confederate flag unitard to Soulcycle,” the indoor-cycling gym franchise. At the end of the episode, Shapiro, who grew up in Los Angeles, not Alabama, rips off his outer clothes and he’s wearing a Confederate unitard.

That's "truish," Tinseltown-style. 

The episode also repeated its depiction of Justice Brett Kavanaugh as a frat-boy drunk, and an idiot. He counsels the president that to get what you want, you cry “until the tears make such a huge puddle, it won't be clear if it's tears or pee. Everyone will be afraid to ask, so they'll just take whiffs to see if they can smell pee. Once they're sure it's not pee, they'll be so grateful, you'll get exactly what you want from them.”


When conservatives march on Washington to rally against their critics, Anderson Cooper announces “Conservatives from all over the country have gathered in Washington to fight for the rights of Republicans or, said another way, the president has hosted a white-power rally. The Grand Wizard is about to speak.” Then the assembled conservatives sing about the “fight to protect the lives of rich men who are white / so Rush Limbaugh can sleep sound at night” and fight for “Proud Boys and alt-rights, for rich white men and rich white men’s wives.”

In the “truish” vision of Colbert & Co., all conservatives are racist fanatics who already have “all the money and all the power,” as Treasury Secretary Mnuchin snapped in the show. If that was the slightest bit true, that the Right had all the power, would this cartoon exist? 

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