Stephen Colbert explains why 'it's actually a good thing we don't know who won yet'

George Back
·Producer, Yahoo Entertainment
·2 min read

The Late Show’s Stephen Colbert hosted Stephen Colbert's Election Night 2020: Democracy's Last Stand: Building Back America Great Again Better 2020 on Showtime Tuesday night. While the late-night host has been a vocal critic of President Trump, Colbert admitted that it was actually a good thing there was no conclusive winner Tuesday night.

“I understand your stress,” said Colbert. “But now I’m gonna say something a little controversial, so don’t get mad at me. It's actually a good thing we don't know who won yet.”

The tight race between Democratic candidate Joe Biden and President Trump has left many voters uneasy, but Colbert is taking it all in stride.

“The truth is the reason it's taking so long to declare a winner is because we've had such a massive voter turnout,” said Colbert. “Going into tonight, many were predicting the highest rate of voter turnout since 1908. The point is, this year, millions of you braved the pandemic, an army of poll watchers, even the post office just to make sure you got to vote. And each one of those ballots deserves to be counted.”

While Colbert sympathized with those who want the election results immediately, he pointed out that waiting a little longer won’t hurt anything.

“We’ve been able to wait for this moment since November of 2016,” said Colbert. “And many of you waited in line for hours to make your voices heard. So, I know we’ve all got what it takes to wait a little longer.”

Stephen Colbert's Election Night 2020: Democracy's Last Stand: Building Back America Great Again Better 2020 aired Tuesday night on Showtime.

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