Late Night Comedy Takes On “Bernie or Bust”

[DIGEST: The Daily Beast, Quartz]

Late night talk show hosts Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers and Trevor Noah all weighed in on the “Bernie or Bust” contingent, which staged a walkout during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last night. Party unity was chief among their collective concerns, which they voiced on their respective programs following a historic evening culminating in Hillary Clinton becoming the first female nominee of a major U.S. political party.

Stephen Colbert’s surprise guest was Sen. Cory Booker, who appeared live via satellite after speaking at the DNC the night before. Colbert asked Booker if he believes that Sanders supporters are “being ridiculous,” a reference to a similar comment comedienne Sarah Silverman, a former Sanders supporter, ad-libbed on Monday criticizing those who’ve voiced their displeasure for the Democratic Party’s nominee. Booker’s response was measured, even judicious. “No, I absolutely don’t,” he said. “What’s ridiculous is that the Republicans had a convention and their folks just boycotted it. Past presidents didn’t show up. Twenty-two of my Republican Senate colleagues just boycotted it.”

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Stephen Colbert. (Credit: Source.)

On the matter of party unity, Booker was firm. “We in the Democratic Party said everybody come under this tent. When we come under this tent, there may be a lot of friction, a lot of saltiness, but at least we come under the tent,” he said. He also expressed admiration for Sanders, who audience members greeted with thunderous applause when he took the stage to deliver his speech. “It just shows that we recognize this man, Bernie Sanders, changed the national conversation,” Booker said. “He changed the Democratic Party platform and because of his fierce competition he made Hillary Clinton more ready to lead this nation.”

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Sen. Cory Booker. (Credit: Source.)

By contrast, Seth Meyers’ response was decidedly less diplomatic. “We don’t have time for this,” he said of “Bernie or Bust” in a clip he posted to his Twitter account ahead of his 12:35 AM airtime. “I tuned in last night and there was more white booing than the Casper movie. Look, I know you’re ‘Bernie or Bust’ but the results are in and ‘Bust’ won.” Meyers’s response to some recent general election polls which place Donald Trump ahead of Hillary Clinton was similarly pragmatic. “The house is on fire. Stop crying because we’re not putting it out with your hose.” Donald Trump, Meyers asserted, is a “racist demagogue” and history has shown that “never ends well.”

However, Meyers also found time to laud Sanders fans for their commitment, which produced the most progressive platform Democrats have seen in years. “Bernie did a great job. You did a great job,” Meyers said. “Your passion changed

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