Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Colbert and Meyers take closer looks at Kirstjen Nielsen's resignation

As I've done before, it's time to follow a serious story with a comedic take on it.  This time, it's the resignation of Kirstjen Nielsen, which opened and closed yesterday's MSNBC's Jacob Soboroff earns a Cronkite Award for coverage of family separation at the border.  Take it away, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert as the writers present The Kirstjen Nielsen Farewell Card Collectjion.

Looking for the perfect way to say goodbye to Kirstjen Nielsen?
As someone wrote in the comments, "All of these cards are delightfully vicious."

Colbert himself devoted his monologue to the forced resignation and the immigration policies that led to it, beginning with Caging Kids Isn't Tough Enough For Trump.

Sorry, Kirstjen. Spearheading a policy that separates parents from their children just isn't cruel enough for the White House anymore.
Colbert made the same point I did yesterday, that whoever replaces Nielsen will likely be worse, although that didn't stop his studio audience from cheering at her resignation.  At least they booed Stephen Miller.

Colbert continued with Trump's anti-immigration policies in Trump's 'Our Country Is Full' Is The New 'Lock Her Up'.

Point: the law says those fleeing persecution from Central American countries can request asylum in the United States. Trump's counterpoint: 'Country is FULL!'
As someone who lives six miles away from an empty Detroit, I can tell Trump that the country is not full and Detroit could use more immigrants.

Colbert mentioned that accepting people applying for asylum, at least as long as the process to decide on their application, is the law.  Trump doesn't want to follow the law, which Seth Meyers expanded upon in Trump Lashes Out over Immigration and His Tax Returns: A Closer Look. where he took on Nielsen's resignation and more, putting it in the context of Trump's lawlessness.

Seth takes a closer look at President Trump reminding everyone he considers himself above the law.
As Wikipedia points out, "The President must 'take care that the laws be faithfully executed.'"  Trump is not doing that when it comes to immigration and the circumstances of Nielsen's resignation serve as one example, along with his defiance on his tax returns.

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