Donald Trump made headlines when he defined a $1 million loan he received from his father as “small,” which is why Stephen Colbert urged the GOP presidential candidate to take a tiny amount out of his billion-dollar empire and donate it to charity.
“$1 million to him is a small amount of money, which is why, tonight, I have taken the liberty of writing $1 million check from Donald Trump to the charity of my choice, the Harlem Children’s Zone,” Colbert said on Wednesday’s episode of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” “It’s all filled out, even the memo line: ‘No big deal.’ Now, Mr. Trump, all you have to do is come here and sign it, proving that $1 million is a small amount of money.”
During a speech at New Hampshire’s town hall on Monday, Trump had told his audience that his whole life hadn’t been easy, starting off in Brooklyn and receiving a “small” loan from his father.
“My whole life, really, has been a no, and I fought through it,” he said. “And, you know, I talk about it. It’s not been easy for me, it has not been easy for me. You know, I started off in Brooklyn. My father gave me a small loan of a million dollars. I came into Manhattan, and I had to pay him back, and I had to pay him back with interest. But I came into Manhattan and I started buying properties, and I did great.”
“It’s a classic story of riches to richer,” Colbert added during his show.