Earlier this week, President Donald Trump gave a free-wheeling, rambling interview with the Washington Post on a wide range of topics — one of them being how disappointed he is with Jerome Powell, his own Federal Reserve Board Chairman pick. The best people! As Stephen Colbert reviewed on Wednesday night, Trump was quoted by the Post as saying he’s “not happy” with the Fed. “They’re making a mistake because I have a gut, and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else’s brain can ever tell me,” the president very logically explained.
“That quote about trusting your gut over the brains of experts reminds me of someone I used to know,” Colbert pointed out: “Me!”
Yes, when Colbert played Stephen Colbert, the blowhard conservative pundit on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, he used similar logic to back up his talking points — literally, on the very first episode on October 27, 2005!
The uncanny “coincidence” happened during Colbert’s first-ever “The Word” segment in the premiere:
“That’s where the truth comes from, ladies and gentlemen, the gut. Do you know you have more nerve endings in your stomach than you do in your head? Look it up! Now, somebody’s gonna say, I did look that up and it’s wrong. Well mister, that’s because you looked it up in a book. Next time, try looking it up in your gut.”
After running the clip, Colbert noted that Trump is clearly guilty of copyright infringement and that the president is stealing his “anti-intellectual property.” As such, he announced his official plans to sue Donald J. Trump, the President of the United States.
If he’s serious, he may just have himself a case, because this is not the first time Trump has mimicked Colbert’s fictional, satirical persona. Back in February of 2017, Colbert put Trump “on notice” for stealing his “On Notice” segment from the Report.
Touching on another excerpt from the Post interview, Colbert mocked Trump for his stance on climate change, which he refuses to take seriously even after a troubling report published by his own administration.
“One of the problems that a lot of people like myself — we have very high levels of intelligence, but we’re not necessarily such believers,” Trump told Post reporters, to which Colbert remarked, “Sir, when it comes to your high level of intelligence, we’re not believers either.”
Trump then offered this whopper to defend the “record clean” of America’s air and water:
You look at our air and our water, and it’s right now at a record clean. But when you look at China and you look at parts of Asia and when you look at South America, and when you look at many other places in this world, including Russia, including — just many other places — the air is incredibly dirty. And when you’re talking about an atmosphere, oceans are very small. And it blows over and it sails over. I mean, we take thousands of tons of garbage off our beaches all the time that comes over from Asia.
“I’ve heard better explanations of weather from toddlers on Benadryl,” Colbert accurately quipped. Also, is it a big ocean or a small ocean? Toddlers, even, probably have a more accurate concept of the earth’s oceans.