Television is intractable in the story of Donald Trump, with his run on reality TV serving as the lead-in to his political rise.
And television's 69th Emmy Awards seemed all about Trump Sunday night.
The tone of the award show was set from host Stephen Colbert's opening monologue, in which he noted, "However you feel about the president, and you do feel about the president, you can't deny that every show was influenced by Donald Trump in some way. All the late-night shows, obviously."
Colbert went on:
We all know the Emmys mean a lot to Donald Trump. Because he was nominated multiple times for Celebrity Apprentice but he never won. Why didn't you give him an Emmy? I tell you this. If he had won an Emmy, I bet he wouldn't have run for president. So in a way this is all your fault.
And Colbert's biggest zinger: "Unlike the presidency, Emmys go to the winner of the popular vote."