Why Did Stephen Colbert Apologize To Donald Trump?

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Donald Trump Asked ‘Birther’ Question On ‘Late Show With Stephen Colbert’.

“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. 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 (CBSLA.com) — 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.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert on Tuesday that he was through talking about the birthplace of President Barack Obama. “I don’t talk about it anymore. 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. In a segment during the interview, Colbert read quotes to Trump that had been said by either Trump or by Colbert’s Colbert Report pundit character, and Trump had to identify which of them had said each line in question. 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. 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. 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. Colbert then read him a quote about New York being so cold that “we need global warming.” Trump replied, “I think it’s you, but it’s close to being me,” and as it turned out, Trump indeed had said it. 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. The pair also took some time to discuss Trump’s trademark red baseball caps with his “Make America Great Again” slogan on them. “It’s a hot hat — the New York Times did a big story on it,” Trump said, being his typically immodest self. Colbert then referenced the recent Pizza Rat viral video, joking that the “meatball is being dragged down the stairs by a rat right now.” Trump chimed in with, “I saw that rat!”

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