Stephen Colbert says Trump is ‘like herpes’: ‘He might never fully go away’

‘There might be blossomings of him’ in the future, says Colbert

Clémence Michallon
New York City
Thursday 03 December 2020 16:59

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Stephen Colbert has compared Donald Trump to herpes in a new interview, saying that the president – much like the infection – may never go away completely.

The late-night host was asked in a new interview with Vanity Fair to describe how he envisions the future a year from now.

In this version of the future, where there might be a Covid-19 vaccine, Colbert would like to once again be filming his show in front of an audience, instead of at home as he’s been doing for most of 2020.

There might also be “echoes of [Trump]” in the future, Colbert acknowledged.

“He might be something that never fully goes away. He’s like herpes – there might be blossomings of him where we have to take Valtrex,” he added.

“We have to take the Valtrex to keep the Trump blossoms down.”

Valtrex is an antiviral drug used to treat herpes among other conditions.

Herpes can be oral or genital. It’s a common infection affecting more than half of Americans for oral herpes, and one in six for genital herpes, according to Planned Parenthood.

The condition can be caused by two different types of viruses. There is no cure for herpes, but symptoms and outbreaks can be managed with medication.

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