Stephen Colbert SLAMS Bill O’Reilly Impression Of Bernie Sanders On Colbert Show (VIDEO)

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For the first time ever, Stephen Colbert was not in his satirical, GOP-supporting character when he met Bill O’Reilly on television last night. Instead of pretending to pander to the “Papa Bear” while giving underhanded compliments and dealing out covert jabs, Colbert was free to simply disagree and challenge the right-wing extremist and openly poke fun at his ridiculous displays.

Bill O’Reilly made an attempt to discredit Bernie Sanders as a candidate, saying that he’ll increase the deficit through his democratic socialist policies and you “cannot do that,” and then tried to do a really bad impersonation of him. Colbert responded, “I’m sorry. Did you just have a stroke just now? What’s happening? I’m not sure who you were doing.”

The two also discussed the current political climate leading into a presidential election year, and O’Reilly gave his take, but refused to take responsibility for inciting the angry rhetoric so prevalent among GOP candidate talking points and right-wing voter outrage.

“This time in history, people want an avenger — they don’t want a politician,” O’Reilly explained. “They want somebody to come in and blow the whole system up.” He then did such a bad impression of Bernie Sanders that Colbert even asked if O’Reilly was having a stroke. He then accused O’Reilly of having that same anger on his own show. “Yeah, but I’m different,” was O’Reilly’s only retort.

While discussing O’Reilly’s new book “Killing Reagan,” Colbert reminded O’Reilly repeatedly that Reagan, a Republican president, was also a very different kind of Republican than is commonly seen on the public stage today. After Colbert mentioned that Reagan was willing to raise taxes when he needed to, the two began discussing what justifies the raising of taxes today. To O’Reilly, of course, it is only justified when troops need to be sent into harm’s way to bomb and kill people the Republicans see as a constant threat. Colbert slammed that notion immediately.

“That’s huge deficits that can be justified by military expenditure but you’re saying that huge deficits can’t be justified by humanities, by educating people, by social services? What’s the difference to those things?” Colbert dared to press while the audience cheered. “They’re both vital aspects of our culture. What is the difference between those two and why is one justified and not the other?”

See more of Colbert’s sit-down with The Smug One’s below:

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