“They built cages,” he said in reference to Biden and former President Barack Obama. “They used to say I built the cages, and then they had a picture in a certain newspaper, and it was the picture of these horrible cages and they said, ‘Look at these cages. President Trump built them.’ And then it was determined they were built in 2014. That was him. They built cages.”
Pushed again by Welker about reuniting the families, Trump added, “We’re working on it very— we’re trying very hard.”
“Well done, Mr. President,” said Colbert in reply. “You managed to summon all the urgency and resolve of a guy looking under the couch for the TV remote.”
The host then chided Trump for what he called the president’s “insane” attempt to defend the conditions of the facility where the children are being held.
“We brought reporters, everything,” Trump claimed. “They are so well taken care of. They’re in facilities that were so clean.”
Said an outraged Colbert in response, “Yes, they stole the children. But the warehouse they store them in is so clean, you can eat off the floor—which they do, because there’s no furniture.”
At another point on Thursday, when confronted with his past history of racist rhetoric, Trump claimed, “I am the least racist person in this room.”
“I can’t even see the audience because it’s so dark, but I don’t care who’s in the audience: I’m the least racist person in this room,” he added a short time after.
“It’s a little weird to say ‘I’m the least racist person in the room’ when half the room is your friends and family,” joked Fallon about the comment.
On the Late Show, Colbert imitated Trump to mock his assertion. “There are all kinds of Black people and Mexicans hiding out there in the dark,” he said as the president. “Could be, I don’t know, plotting and planning and waiting to pounce and I wouldn’t even know because I’m so not racist.”
In the end, it was Colbert who perhaps best summed up the debate and the “tough choice” facing Americans in the forthcoming election. “Do they vote for Joe Biden on November 3? Or do they vote for him early?” he asked. “Because the ultimate mute button is in your hands.”
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