Stephen Colbert joked on “The Late Show” that Donald Trump talking about ending the Russia investigation “about 20 times” Sunday sounds like the Trump definition of insanity.
During his opening monologue, Colbert mentioned an NBC News story about Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who said he played golf with Trump over the weekend, and that Trump repeatedly talked about ending the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
“According to Lindsey, during the outing, Trump brought up ending the Russia probe about 20 times,” Colbert said. “You know what they say: Trying the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of a ‘very stable genius.’ “
The “very stable genius” joke was a reference to Trump’s tweets from January — another time he was talking about the Russia probe. In those tweets, Trump responded to discussions about his mental state, writing, “I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star, to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!”
Colbert went on goofing on Trump’s obsession with the Mueller investigation, playing fictional voice mails Trump left for Graham on the subject. In all of them, Colbert played the part of Trump — in one, he casually brought up ending the Mueller probe and tried to play it off by ending with, “I dunno, could be fun.” Next, Colbert’s Trump called Graham back and asked if the reason he wasn’t answering the phone was because Graham was currently firing Mueller, adding, “OMG, that would be so funny!”
Colbert also mocked Trump’s use of aliases, like “John Barron,” a name would take on to talk himself up to reporters and others, and “David Dennison,” an alias mentioned in adult film director and star Stormy Daniels’ lawsuit against Trump.
In one message, Colbert played Trump changing his voice slightly to take on the role of Dennison, advising Graham fire Mueller.
“You can reach me at this number, which I share with Donald Trump for reasons that are not important,” Colbert’s Dennison said during the message.
In the last of the several messages, the desperation of Colbert’s Trump was getting obvious.
“Also check your texts,” Colbert’s Trump said after again asking for the end of the Mueller probe. “I sent you 14 and you haven’t responded. Also I’m not outside. Let me in!”