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Cesar Flickerman (Colbert) Bids A Toxic Adieu To Scott Pruitt

The Hunger Games of Stephen Colbert claims another victim. And we are all better for it.

Chlorpyrifos is a class of organophosphates widely used in pesticides, some really nasty shit that shouldn't be out there on the store shelves, but thanks to Scott Pruitt and our good friends at Dow Chemical it is, or soon will be again (phased out of consumer retail back in 2002). So it's fitting that Scott Pruitt, the errand boy for polluters and environmental poisoners everywhere should go out this way.

Source: The Week

While The Late Show was on break last week, President Trump ousted scandal-plagued Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt. On Monday's show, Stephen Colbert noted that Pruitt is just the latest official to leave the Trump administration, by choice or, usually, otherwise. "For those of us in the media, this ongoing staff purge is amazing to watch," Colbert said. "It's like a form of blood sport. We're riveted. It's like something out of The Hunger Games — no, wait! It's 'The Hungry to Leave Power Games.'"

That was Colbert's cue to transform into his Caesar Flickerman character. "Tonight, citizens, we honor EPA head Scott Pruitt, a man whose only flaw was being terrible," he said, recapping some of Pruitt's scandals, even after his theatrical huffing of chlorpyrifos — a brain-damaging chemical Pruitt green-lighted after meeting with the head of its manufacturer, Dow Chemicals — fatally fogged up his glasses. Before playing the Hunger Games theme music, he placed a Pruitt action figure into a soundproof box with moisturizer lotion and a few sprays of chlorpyrifos, promising to put the box into a polluted river. Then it was farewell to the tribute from "District Fancy Pens." (Some of Flickerman's language is borderline NSFW.)

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