YouTube is host to so, so many Donald Trump parody videos of “Let It Go” from the 2013 Disney movie, “Frozen.” Having not watched all of them, most are still assuredly terrible in that way jokes that fully rely on a “trending topic plus other random trending topic” construction tend to be.
But Stephen Colbert still found a way to make a “Let It Go” Donald Trump joke work on “The Late Show” last night.
Colbert focused part of his monologue on The New York Times revelation that former FBI Director James Comey kept notes of a private meeting Trump had with him in the Oval Office.
During their conversation, Trump reportedly said, “I hope you can let this go,” referring to Comey’s investigation of Trump’s former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Flynn is one of several Trump associates under FBI investigation over potential ties to Russia, hence implying that Trump has, in fact, tried to affect the FBI’s investigation into his possible collusion with Russia.
Jumping on the, “I hope you can let this go,” quote, Colbert spun the phrase in a way you can now probably predict.
“Trump told Comey repeatedly to let it go,” said Colbert. “He even got Ivanka to help.”
The show then aired footage of Queen Elsa from “Frozen” singing the popular song.
When the camera went back to Colbert, the comedian continued, “So beautiful. So beautiful. Talented. Lovely. I hear if she wasn’t a cartoon, he’d date her.”
So beautiful. So beautiful. Talented. Lovely. I hear if she wasn’t a cartoon, he’d date her. Stephen Colbert referring to Donald Trump and Queen Elsa
Colbert’s usage of the “Frozen” tie here ends up working despite the well-tread (icy?) waters of the joke.
Perhaps the world didn’t need yet another live rendition of the song, but Colbert’s singing talent probably could have carried the joke another step if he’d decided to sing a few lines himself.
Trump also has a strange history with the movie “Frozen.”
When still a candidate, he was accused of racism for tweeting a photo that originated on a white supremacist website of what appeared to be the Star of David alongside an accusation that Hillary Clinton was corrupt, all in front piles of cash. Trump said the image wasn’t anti-Semitic, then found a picture of “Frozen” merchandise that used a similar six-pointed star to the one he originally tweeted.
“Where is the outrage for this Disney book? Is this the ‘Star of David’ also? Dishonest media!
#Frozen,” Trump wrote.
It was a beautiful tweet, especially for the use of “#Frozen.” The mental image of Donald Trump typing “#Frozen” at the end of a statement claiming he’s not racist is just ... yes.