Saturday, January 08, 2022

Stephen Colbert, President Biden, and not referring to Donald Trump by name

Since the American presidential election in November 2020, Stephen Colbert of The Late Show has never used Donald Trump's name. In April 2021, Colbert asked his audience to suggest nicknames for Trump (my recent favorite: "My Little Phony"), and if Trump's name appears in a quotation on screen, it says "T****". In his speech on 6 January 2022 commemorating the attack on the United States capitol one year ago, President Joseph Biden had to refer to Trump and his involvement somehow, so sixteen times, he called him "the former President" – and never once said "Donald Trump". Yet "King Liar" still said Biden "used my name to try to further divide America." (Andrew Shields, #111words, 8 January 2022)

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