Stephen Colbert's Late Show has an unexpectedly heartfelt impeachment-themed Christmas cartoon

Peter Weber

The Late Show is going on break for the rest of 2019, but Stephen Colbert had a Christmas present for viewers on Thursday night: A new Christmas cartoon, shorter than Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer but a full story nonetheless. Not surprisingly, it involves President Trump, impeachment, and Santa Claus, plus Rudy Giuliani, Rep. Adam Schiff, CNN's Wolf Blizter, and a whistleblowing elf. Perhaps a little unexpectedly, it has an actual, honest-to-goodness Christmas message about kindness and seeing the good in others.

The plot involves Trump pressuring Santa for dirt on Joe Biden from his Naughty List, and Santa is called to Congress to testify. "Would the rosy-cheeked gentleman from the North Pole please submit for the record President Trump's actual record from the Naughty List?" Cartoon Schiff asked. "Respectfully, Mr. Chairman, what's the point?" Santa replied. "I mean, you really think it will help? Well, he told you every naughty thing he ever did, and you still elected him president." He chose instead to read from the Kind List:

Rudolph and Frosty and the Grinch don't have to worry about being bumped out of the Christmas Special pantheon, but to paraphrase House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (and Thomas Paine), the times have found us, and the Christmas cartoons must rise to the occasion.

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