Host thanks guest for providing comic material that ‘writes itself’
THE SANTA CLARA
September 24, 2015
“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. 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.
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.”
Colbert noted that Trump is financing his campaign out of pocket.
“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.”
“I think the establishment in the Republican Party probably isn’t that thrilled,” he agreed.
Colbert asked Trump if he really wants to be president: “If you actually got the gig, would that be a step down for you? You know what the pay is like, right?”
Trump replied that he is running “not because I want it, but because I think I can do a great job.”
When pressed on his past contention that President Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States, Trump deferred.
“I don’t talk about it anymore,” he said.
But Trump was gung-ho for a game that called for guessing who had made certain outlandish remarks in the past: he or the comical conservative blowhard Colbert played for a decade on the eponymous “Colbert Report.”
“Medicare is like a nice pair of cufflinks. Nobody wears cufflinks anymore.” Trump or Colbert?
“That’s you,” said Trump. Correct.
“It’s freezing and snowing in New York. We need global warming.”
“I think it’s you,” Trump hedged, “but it’s close to being me.”
It was Trump.
Finally, “The real strong have no need to prove it to the phonies.”
“It’s not me,” said Trump after a pause. “It COULD be you.”
“It’s not me, either,” Colbert said. “It’s Charles Manson.”
From AP Reports