Colbert Hits Back at Trump After 'No-Talent' Remark

'I won,' he says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2017 4:46 AM CDT
Colbert Hits Back at Trump After 'No-Talent' Remark
"I won," Colbert says.   (Richard Boeth/CBS via AP)

President Trump is now openly feuding with Stephen Colbert, and the Late Show host is loving it. Colbert opened his monologue Thursday by reading quotes from Trump's Time interview, in which the president called Colbert a "no-talent guy," the Washington Post reports. "The president of the United States has personally come after me and my show," Colbert told the audience. "And there's only one thing to say: Yayyyy!" He mocked Trump for failing to understand show business, saying he had been trying for a year to get Trump to say his name. "But now you did it," Colbert said. "I won."

Colbert took issue with Trump's claim to have given him the "highest rating he's ever had," noting that Jeb Bush appeared on his Late Show premiere, which had higher ratings than Trump's appearance. "That's right. You got beat by low-energy Jeb," Colbert said. "But don't worry—you won the ratings college." Colbert agreed, however, that Trump has probably increased his viewership, the New York Times notes. "Making jokes about you has been good for ratings. It's almost as if the majority of Americans didn't want you to be president," Colbert said. "But you know who's got really bad ratings these days? You do." (Earlier this week, Colbert hosted an epic Daily Show reunion.)

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