In the latest episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, host Stephen Colbert discussed the ongoing hush money trial involving former President Donald Trump. Week two of testimony began in New York City and it seems to be taking a toll on Trump, as he was spotted entering the courthouse with his cheeks full of acorns (presumably for later). Colbert jokingly commented on Trump’s stamina, noting that he was either falling asleep or doing the “if I can’t see you, you can’t see me” routine. Trump’s lawyers also faced challenges as he violated his gag order by posting messages attacking witnesses, prosecutors, and jurors. Judge Merchan finally issued a ruling on these violations and fined Trump $9,000, warning that jail may be necessary if he continues to violate the gag order.

Colbert then shifted his focus to the nationwide student protests regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He highlighted that these protests have become the most significant student movement since the anti-Vietnam protests in the late 1960s. Colbert emphasized that, regardless of one’s opinion on the subject, students should be allowed to protest peacefully as it is their First Amendment right. He humorously mentioned that idealism learned in college is one of the few lessons that can be used throughout life, unlike beer funneling, which becomes less acceptable with age.

The talk show host also touched upon Trump’s recent comments about the protests outside the Manhattan courtroom where he is on trial. Trump criticized Joe Biden‘s response and downplayed the significance of the Charlottesville incident. Colbert juxtaposed Trump’s remarks with a disturbing image from Charlottesville, reminding viewers of the seriousness of the event. He then discussed Robert F. Kennedy Jr.‘s independent candidacy and how it affects the presidential race. According to a new NBC News poll, RFK Jr.’s candidacy seems to hurt Trump more than Biden.

Colbert rounded out the episode by talking about Don Blankenship, a businessman who recently entered the Democratic primary for the US Senate in West Virginia. Blankenship’s campaign ads stood out due to their bizarre and unconventional nature. Colbert humorously analyzed one of the ads where Blankenship claims to be the “most honest CEO in America” and denies various accusations, including falling off the bed and hanging himself. Colbert joked about the strangeness of the ad and speculated that Blankenship’s entire campaign might revolve around that phrase.

Overall, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert continued its tradition of providing entertaining commentary on current events, delivering laughs and insights into the world of politics and pop culture.