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Stephen Colbert Pans Republican National Convention: It Looked Like a 'Racist Spelling Bee'

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Some media personalities are giving Republican National Convention (RNC) good marks for its production quality.

However, late-night host Stephen Colbert says the lack of diversity in location and the decision to feature most of the remarks in one location is a bad move.

“One big problem is that Trump and the G.O.P. were in Covid denial for months. The Democrats actually looked ahead, made time to produce something for their convention, four pretty smooth nights. The Republicans had to cram at the last minute,” he said on Tuesday night.

“Since they had no time to prep, instead of cool videos and location shoots, the RNC was mostly a single location with speakers taking turns at the podium,” Colbert added. “The evening looked like a racist spelling bee. ‘Can I have the words ‘language of origin’ and then have the word ‘arrested by ICE?'”

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Colbert continued to mock several of the speakers who addressed the convention.

While Colbert made several jokes about the participants, the convention has featured several Black supporters of President Donald Trump to showcase the party’s diversity and refute allegations of racism that have been level against the president. 

Both the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention have been largely virtual due to safety concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced months ahead of time that the convention would largely be virtual and hired Emmy-winning producers for the show.

Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee (RNC) was reportedly rushing to plan and produce the convention after the in-person gathering scheduled to take place in Jacksonville, Florida, was scrapped late last month due to public health concerns. 

The Republican convention continues on Wednesday. 

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