By Melissa Locker
December 21, 2018

As a government shutdown looms, Stephen Colbert is taking nothing for granted anymore. “Yesterday I was confident that America would still have a government, but I underestimated what a wedge we have in the White House,” said Colbert, adding: “I say ‘wedge’ because it’s the simplest of tools.”

At one point yesterday, the House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and the White House were on board with a national spending plan that would have kept the federal government open for business. But it did not meet the President’s demand for the $5 billion Trump wanted for his border wall. At one point Trump backed off on this demand saying that he had other ways of getting the funding for the wall, which Colbert joked was “putting a lot of pressure on Eric and Don Jr.’s lemonade stand.”

Then, according to Colbert, Trump started to get heat from “the fourth branch of government: Fox News.” After showing a montage of Fox News pundits denouncing Trump’s budget approval as caving to the Democrats. Colbert joked that when Trump saw that, he had to fight back. “Oh no! The TV’s mad at me!,” Colbert said in an imitation of Trump. “I’m sorry TV please forgive me, you’re my only friend.” According to Colbert, the voices on the television spurred Trump into action and he is now threatening a shutdown (and building the case that the the Democrats are to blame for it).

Watch Stephen Colbert’s parody below.

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