It’s been the sort of week for Donald Trump where there’s really just one big story that has been dominating everything, and that one big story this time is Omarosa Manigault Newman continuing to drop secretly recorded tapes from her dealings with the Trump folks both inside and outside the White House. And so on Thursday Stephen Colbert opened his monologue with a new round of jokes at Trump’s expense about those tapes.
“Do you ever think maybe it wasn’t worth firing somebody? Because the Trump administration has got to be thinking that about Omarosa,” Colbert quipped. “So she hired a few Ubers and did her wedding photographs in the rose garden. Did that really undermine the dignity of the place where they pardon the turkeys? Because, hoo boy, has her book tour gotten under the president’s, i want to say, skin.
“According to a Republican insider, ‘Trump told advisers that he wants attorney general Jeff Sessions to have Manigault Newman arrested, although it’s unclear what law Trump believes she broke.’ ‘What law did she break? Is my heart a law?’ “
And then Colbert brought up Omarosa’s tape of the day.
“This time it’s her and presidential daughter-in-law Lara Trump. And it confirms Omarosa’s claim that she was offered $15,000 a month to hush — to ‘work’ for the campaign in a job as assistant secretary of keeping your trap shut,” Colbert joked.
Then “The Late Show” played a portion of the tape in question, in which Lara Trump said that if Omarosa joins Trump’s re-election campaign she’ll be expected not to drop any bombshells. “Everybody positive, right?”
“Why is Lara Trump in charge of this?” Colbert asked. ” ‘Super important meeting, everybody in here. We can’t have Omarosa spilling sensitive info that could destroy my presidency. We need someone to handle this delicately. Send my worst son’s wife.’ “
Later, Colbert delivered a solid gag about a slip of the tongue Omarosa had during an interview on MSNBC Thursday.
“Well, what Mr. Nixon– I mean Mr. Trump does will be brought to light,” Omarosa said in the clip.
“Ooh, that is an insult!” Colbert said, before pausing for a long moment. “To Richard Nixon!
“So, although the president might want Omarosa gone, they’ve even put out clips of Omarosa saying nice things about the president. But Omarosa is not going away.”
Then “The Late Show” played another interview clip in which Omarosa stated: “I am not going anywhere. I’m not going to be bullied. I’m not intimidated. And I’m going to go toe-to-toe with him. Everything he throws at me. Believe me, my tapes are much better than theirs.”
“Maybe. But I bet Russia’s got you both beat,” Colbert joked, reference the infamous pee tape that may or may not exist. “I think so. Allegedly. Allegedly.”
Colbert concluded Thursday’s Omarosa thread with a joke about Lara Trump’s response to the tape, in which she is heard offering Omarosa a gig that pays $15,000 a month for the campaign.
“Lara Trump immediately responded with a statement reading, ‘I shared a connection with Omarosa as a friend and a campaign sister, and I am absolutely shocked and saddened by her betrayal and violation on a deeply personal level… I hope it’s worth it for you, Omarosa, because some things you just can’t put a price on.’ It’s true, some things you can’t put a price on,” Colbert said.
“But silence is about $15,000 a month.”