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‘We Drank Too Much of the Poison’: Colbert Ends Election Special With Message of Unity

Last night Stephen Colbert hosted an hour-long live election special on Showtime, but things got way more somber and nerve-wracking for him than he possibly expected.

But at the end of the night, Colbert got mostly serious to deliver a pretty somber message about how divided America is. He brought up how people are legitimately fearful of their political opposition and said, “We drank too much of the poison… and it tastes kinda good and you like how it feels and there’s a gentle high to the condemnation.”

He got a little personal as he recalled how his family went about their lives without caring about politics every single day back when he was younger.

Colbert delivered this monologue before Donald Trump‘s win was official last night, but around when it seemed pretty likely. “In the face of something that might strike you as horrible,” he said, “I think laughter is the best medicine. You cannot laugh and be afraid at the same time.”

So he rattled off a list of things that he believes all Americans, regardless of politics, can agree on, including that work email sucks, America has at least one Portland too many, and that “we should never ever have another election like this one.”

Watch above, via Showtime.

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