On Monday night’s episode of “The Tonight Show,” late night host Stephen Colbert quipped that President Donald Trump isn’t quite a dictator — he’s a “dic-tater tot.”
Colbert quoted Senator John McCain, who criticized Trump’s attacks on the media as “the enemy of the American people.” McCain warned that if America loses its “free and many times adversarial press,” they might forfeit some of their individual liberties. “That’s how dictators get started.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
The late night host explained that McCain wasn’t calling Trump “a full dictator, he’s more bite-size. He’s a dic-tater tot.”
Naturally, McCain was going off the deep end. While Trump’s rhetoric is lamentable, much of the press has been out to get him from the start. It is important to note that the president has used his “bully pulpit” to promote lies (about the crowd size at his inauguration, for crying out loud!), but the media has never given Trump a chance.
This isn’t a “free and many times adversarial press” — it’s a press enslaved to the very big government ideology Trump was elected to purge, which occasionally rightly condemns his mendacities. Cuties about dic-tater tots are the natural response to bloviating rhetoric about a loss of freedom which is really liberals’ loss of power.
Still, it’s fun to watch.