With a big bowl of booze on the table, courtesy of Stephen Colbert, Larry Wilmore hosted his second-to-last roundtable segment Wednesday night with a man who is never at a loss for words when it comes to politics. Making his seventh and final appearance on the show, Lewis Black held nothing back on this uniquely insane election.
“Even though I have zero fucks to give at this point, I have plenty of booze to give,” Wilmore said, before teeing Black up with a generic question about the state of the presidential race.
Fortunately, it doesn’t take much to rile up Black, who took the bait. “At some point, it has to—it has to stop!” he shouted. “It’s over and over and over and over, every day!” Black said America would be better off if the media showed a quacking duck instead of Donald Trump, and a barking dog instead of Hillary Clinton. “It’s senseless!”
Furthermore, he said that if the election is going to go on this long, they have to take a break between Memorial Day and Labor Day. “Just shut up!” Black exclaimed. “It’s the fucking summer!”
Asked if Trump “destroyed” the Republican Party, a momentarily calmer Black said, “I think the Republican Party let itself be destroyed by him, because they wanted, as the media did, eyeballs. We want to get as many people watching as possible.”
As soon as Trump started talking about Mexican immigrants “raping and pillaging” their way across the border, Black said, “any party with any moral compass whatsoever would go, ‘You know what? You can run. You just can’t run as a Republican.’ But that was the moment in time when people began to watch and went, ‘Wow! Boy! This is great! This will be fun to fucking watch!’”
It may not have been the most substantive conversation in the show’s short history, but at least it made Wilmore laugh.