Stephen Colbert has been living the high life lately, dominating the late night ratings as he continually steps up his attacks on President Trump. This time, however, he may have gone too far.

On Friday, Colbert dedicated his opening monologue to the upcoming interview of Steve Bannon on 60 Minutes. At the end of the monologue, Colbert actually flashed three Nazi salutes.

He was immediately fired by his employer, naturally.

Oh, wait, that was Jeffrey Lord, noted conservative. It appears that Colbert is still employed.

My bad.

In a clip of the interview, Bannon defends President Trump on his response to Charlottesville. Bannon says, “By the way, I was the only guy that came out and tried to defend him. I was the only guy that said ‘He’s talking about something, taking it up to a higher level’.” The camera cuts back to Colbert, who says, “Yeah, he’s definitely taking it to a higher level. I’d say his support is about up there, right around here.” He gives a Nazi salute to punctuate his joke, and a second, and then a third.

Referring to Trump as a Nazi has been a staple for Colbert. Strangely, he has failed to garner the attention of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Anti Defamation League, or the Anne Frank Center.

This isn’t even the first controversy he stepped into this week. Returning on Tuesday after a two week break, Colbert jumped right in with a lie about the Trump visit to Texas to view the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. In his opening monologue that night, he said, “It was a presidential trip to a deluged state where the president didn’t meet a single storm victim, see an inch of rain or get near a flooded street.” He then classed it up by joking, “He’s been closer to a flood in a Russian hotel room.”

Here’s the problem. He’s referring to a trip to Corpus Christi on August 29, which was purposely conducted away from the hardest hit areas of Houston so that they would not interfere with first responders and recovery efforts. Trump returned to Texas four days later, visiting Houston and meeting with many victims.

In short, Colbert lied.

Look, you can satirize a president all you want. And there are many things you could say about the current one. Is it too much to ask, though, that there’s a shred of integrity in the public discourse about the current administration?

But hey, when ratings are this good, why bother with the facts, or class?

This week’s shows should be chock full of integrity. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

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