Stephen Colbert ‘Kiddingly’ Defends Trump’s Claim That His Colorado Border Wall Error Was a Joke

“The Late Show” host dunks on POTUS’ weird mistake and weirder attempt to cover for it

Last Updated: October 24, 2019 @ 11:00 PM

Stephen Colbert took a moment on Thursday’s “The Late Show” to belatedly dunk on Donald Trump for claiming a border wall is being built in Colorado, and then trying to claim he meant it as a joke.

On Wednesday, during a speech in Pennsylvania, Trump told a cheering crowd, “We’re building a wall in Colorado. We’re building a beautiful wall, a big one that really works, that you can’t get over, you can’t get under.”

Obviously, we aren’t actually doing that, and lots of people made fun of Trump. So several hours later, Trump attempted an “I meant to do that” style move, tweeting: “(Kiddingly) We’re building a Wall in Colorado”(then stated, “we’re not building a Wall in Kansas but they get the benefit of the Wall we’re building on the Border”) refered to people in the very packed auditorium, from Colorado & Kansas, getting the benefit of the Border Wall!”

Colbert introduced a clip of Trump’s remarks by saying, “Obviously, as he says in the tweet, he was kiddingly. I mean, if you look at the tape it’s clear he was doing a jokel.”

“Yeah. That’s how you know he’s kidding because he said it really works,” Colbert continued. “You know the old joke: Two peanuts were walking down the street, and one was assaulted. Really. Brutally assaulted. He was almost a-murdered.”

Colbert offered one final defense of Trump’s comedy stylings. “Now as a fellow comedian, I get what he’s doing here. Before you tell a joke, it’s important to kick it off with ‘kiddingly.’ If you don’t believe me, just check out my prompter.”

Yes, the teleprompter included “kiddingly,” as you can see for yourself in the clip above.