Trump, Colbert chat about Obama’s birthplace, Mexico wall

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Colbert bests Trump.

“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.

For several years, Stephen Colbert told Donald Trump on Tuesday’s Late Show, “I played an over-the-top conservative character,” and going through Trump’s quotes over the past few years, he added. “I couldn’t figure out if I said them or you said them.” So he tested Trump, reading some statements and asking who said them.Donald Trump appeared on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” Tuesday night — and while the Republican frontrunner made news for what he said on the program, viewers at home couldn’t help but notice one thing. 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.LOS ANGELES ( — As Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump watches his lead in the polls narrow due to a recent rise in popularity for rival Carly Fiorina, the candidates’ battle is increasingly playing out on television. 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.

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. 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. 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. The real estate mogul, who has risen among the ranks of Republicans by bashing everyone from his primary opponents to President Obama, apparently doesn’t like it when others bad-mouth The Donald.

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.

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? 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.

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. Reminding Trump that his next guest, Ernest Moniz, was integral to the Obama administration’s Iran nuclear deal, which the businessman often maligns, Colbert pulled out a copy of Trump’s book, “The Art of the Deal,” and asked him to inscribe it for the energy secretary. 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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