Stephen Colbert, much beloved of anti-Trumpers, hosted a virulent true believer in the cause with all-in support for Smollett for which neither will ever apologize . . .

Sample of what’s hot on the young-liberal circuit, where there’s apparently a yuck a minute and definitely lots of eager live audience approval:

Consider, for example, what Stephen Colbert did on The Late Show. Two days after Smollett claimed he was attacked, Colbert invited lesbian actress Ellen Page onto the CBS program to blame the Trump administration, and particularly Vice President Mike Pence, for “what happened the other day to Jussie.” 

After describing Pence’s conservative policies as having “hurt LGBTQ people so badly,” Page said: “Connect the dots. This is what happens if you are in a position of power and you hate people and you want to cause suffering to them — you go through the trouble, you spend your career trying to cause suffering, what do you think is going to happen?”

This was either deliberate slander, or evidence of insuperable stupidity, but neither Colbert nor Page have acknowledged any error, because they don’t have to. Presumably, the advertisers and executives at CBS have no problem paying Colbert to falsely blame Republicans for a “hate crime” that turns out to be a hoax, and Page knows that every liberal in Hollywood will applaud her “courage” for insulting the vice president.

She knows her audience.

Second thought: Her performance was not comedic —  Let’s be clear, she prefaced her remarks — but bathetic.

Or: To adapt Oscar Wilde’s reaction after reading Dickens’ description of the death of a lead character in The Old Curiosity Shop, “One must have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell without laughing.”