Donald Trump and Stephen Colbert play ‘Who Said It: Trump or Colbert?’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told funnyman Stephen Colbert Tuesday that he was through talking about the birthplace of President Barack Obama.

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Colbert read one quote in which the speaker apologized “for being flawless”, to which Trump responded, “That would be you because I would never say a thing like that”.

Trump talked about how the country has big problems, including the fallout from the invasion of Iraq, which Trump said cost us $2 trillion, and thousands of lives, and de-stablized the Middle East. On Tuesday night’s “Late Show”, host Stephen Colbert offered the GOP frontrunner a chance to put the question behind him once and for all.

“I want to apologize to you, because I’ve said a few things about you, over the years, that, in polite company, perhaps are unforgivable”, Colbert said at another point in the interview. “I’m not gonna say this stuff writes itself, but you certainly do deliver it on time every day“.

“For years I played an over-the-top conservative character – not as long as you did”, Colbert quipped.

Colbert did, however, ask Trump if he’d like to apologize to anyone who he has offended. He had fun with Trump (how could you not?), but also showed him something that resembled respect-which turns out to be a core value of Colbert’s new show.

But it’s an interesting line for Trump to draw in his campaign, given that he’s already embraced so many controversies – from xenophobic, racist remarks about Mexican immigrants to misogynistic comments about various women, including Fox News host Megyn Kelly and Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina. Colbert said. After Trump didn’t answer, Colbert said that the “meatball is now being dragged down the steps of a subway by a rat”. Trump’s appearance on September 11 helped Fallon beat Colbert bringing in an impressive 4.5 million viewers. Trump jokingly signed the book, writing, “better luck next time”. We need global warming.”“I think it’s you”, Trump hedged, “but it’s close to being me.”It was Trump.And finally: “The real strong have no need to prove it to the phonies.”It’s not me”, said Trump after a pause”.

Trump’s “Tonight Show” guest spot was considered to be a “love-fest” by some, but gave Fallon a big ratings win over Colbert that night.

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After two weeks of programming, it’s obvious Colbert is still unsure of how exactly he wants to appeal to his new audience.

Eddie Vedder