Donald Trump: Real-life manifestation of Stephen Colbert’s alter ego? [Video]

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Colbert bests Trump.

Donald Trump made his much-hyped visit to “The Late Show” on Tuesday night, and host Stephen Colbert challenged the Republican presidential candidate to a game simply titled “Trump or Colbert.” In explaining the game, Colbert joked that “for years I played an over-the-top conservative character – not as long as you did.” But as he was looking over both his own “Colbert Report” quotes and some of Trump’s more memorable statements to prepare for their interview, Colbert admitted that “sometimes I couldn’t figure out whether I said them or you said them.” Trump was more than willing to help out the late-night host – especially because he is very good at remembering what he did (and didn’t) say over the years. “I want to thank you not only for being here but for running for president,” Colbert told the GOP front-runner. “I’m not going to say this stuff writes itself, but you certainly do deliver it on time every day.” Colbert’s gratitude for Trump’s comic assistance was well-placed.Rather than come out swinging, as he did at the outset of last week’s Republican debate, a subdued front-runner came out nodding in his “Late Show” interview with Stephen Colbert.

Donald Trump was on his best behavior on CBS’ “Late Show” Tuesday, but he was his usual brash self earlier when he promised legal action against a group attacking him in Iowa TV spots. He correctly identified every quote except the last one (which was a trick question), although, when Colbert pulled out his now-famous tweet about global warming, Trump demurred on self-attribution: “Well, I think it’s you, but it’s close to being me.” So what about the “trick” quote that stumped Trump, “The real strong have no need to prove it to the phonies”?

Peppering Trump with questions and wisecracks during his appearance, the CBS host reduced the usually domineering Trump to straight-man status, an unaccustomed role Trump performed with rare grace. Less than two weeks ago, the real estate mogul and former reality television star guested on “The Tonight Show,” where he poked fun at himself with host Jimmy Fallon. Watch the clip: The Hall of Fame catcher renowned as much for his dizzying malapropisms as his unmatched 10 World Series championships with the New York Yankees, died Tuesday.

Bringing up Trump’s proposal to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, Colbert offered his own mocking version of a way to bar illegal immigration: Two walls, and in between them a moat filled with fire and fireproof crocodiles. “Is that enough?” Colbert asked. But where Fallon is known for conducting soft interviews, Colbert honed his political chops for years as a fake conservative TV personality on Comedy Central. Earlier Tuesday, Trump threatened to sue a conservative political action committee that’s been running ads maligning the GOP presidential front-runner’s stance on taxing the rich and his alleged liberal past — but the group says it won’t back down. He was 90.” (The Associated Press) Local Catholics trying hard to see Pope: “They don’t expect to meet the pope or shake his hand, and know it’s possible the beloved pontiff will look like a little dot in the distance across a sea of a million people.

And focusing on Trump’s insistence that Mexico would pay for the wall, Colbert drew him into a role-playing exercise — a phone call where “you’re you, and I’m the president of Mexico.” “The Republican Party has been a big pusher of the idea that money is speech, and you’re a $10 billion mouth,” said Colbert. “You’re their worst nightmare.” Trump repeated his contention, as a former heavy campaign donor, that candidates who accept major contributions are typically “owned” by those donors once in office. “You gave them a big contribution and you want something and all of a sudden they’ve very receptive,” he said. He asked me to ask you if you’d give him a billion dollars,” said Colbert, referencing a Monday night interview with the Texas senator. “Sounds good. Barack Obama, born in the United States?” Trump in 2011 spread the false assertion that Obama was born outside the U.S., and last week sparked controversy when he didn’t correct an audience member at a rally who falsely claimed Obama is Muslim. But local Catholics making the East Coast pilgrimage to see Pope Francis on his US visit are enthusiastic about being in the presence of a pope, and seeing with their own eyes what millions will watch on television.” (The Boston Globe ) Wesleyan students call for their own newspaper to be shut down: “Some Wesleyan University students didn’t like the Black Lives Matter coverage by their student-run newspaper, The Argus. If you didn’t make a healthy gift, “believe me, you get the cold shoulder.” Colbert asked if Trump really wants to be president: “If you actually got the gig, would that be a step down for you?

In a strongly worded cease-and-desist letter, Trump’s campaign accused the conservative super PAC Club for Growth of defamation and libel for two TV ads running in the early primary state. He’s a good man, actually,” said Trump of his Republican rival, who has publicly aligned himself with the frontrunner even as most of the rest of the field has condemned him. During a Sunday night forum held by the university’s student government body, the Wesleyan Student Assembly, a petition was introduced to boycott and revoke funding of the 147-year-old paper.” (Boston.com) As Trump began talking about the national debt, Colbert interjected, “At a certain point, does it even matter how much we owe, because it’s like trillion, quadrillion what does it matter? The businessman’s platform calls for deporting the more than 11 million immigrants living without authorization in the U.S., as well as building a wall across the country’s border with Mexico.

We suggest that Donald grow up, stop whining and try to defend his liberal record.” Garten said in the letter that he was willing to offer the group only a “one-time opportunity to rectify this matter” and avoid “what will certainly be a costly litigation process.” “He’s kind of the anti-politician . . . and he would do a phenomenal job. I just don’t discuss it anymore.” “You know, that meatball is now being dragged down the steps of the subway by a rat,” Colbert said, referencing the recent viral video of a rat dragging a full slice of pizza down the steps to a New York subway. Even the musical act had more political charge: Later in the show, after Trump had left, musician Raury performed wearing a Mexico soccer jersey with the name “Trump” crossed out on the back and presented Colbert with a Mexico jersey with “Colbert” on the back.

But Trump regained his salesman-like swagger when reciting his talking points on immigration and border security, and came alive at a few points during the approximately 15-minute interview — especially when agreeing with jokes Colbert made at the expense of others. Asking Trump whether he really wanted the job of president, Colbert warned him of Air Force One, “The smell of all those reporters who have been on there, you would have to have it fumigated,” prompting Trump to respond enthusiastically, “That is right.

Trump mostly aced a test in which he was asked to identify whether a list of outrageous quotes were made by him or Colbert’s character on his old Comedy Central show, the Colbert Report, and did not fall into the trap of accidently attributing a quote from serial killer Charles Manson to himself.

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