Stephen Colbert Responds to Trump: “I Won!”

Yesterday, in the wake of his firing of FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump gave an interview to Time magazine in which he once again tried to deflect the notion that the move had something to do with the fact that Comey was leading the investigation into Russia’s ties to Trump’s campaign. Just totally normal president stuff. But in the midst of this rapidly spiralling constitutional crisis, the president did not neglect another pressing issue: Stephen Colbert’s mean jokes.

Over dinner on Monday with reporters Zeke J Mille and Michael Scherer, Trump took aim at Colbert, calling him a “no-talent guy” who makes “filthy” jokes. On last night’s episode of The Late Show, Colbert read the quote from the article in Trump’s voice:

There’s nothing funny about what he says. And what he says is filthy. And you have kids watching. And it only builds up my base. It only helps me, people like him. The guy was dying. By the way they were going to take him off television, then he started attacking me and he started doing better. But his show was dying. I’ve done his show. … But when I did his show, which by the way was very highly rated. It was high—highest rating. The highest rating he’s ever had.

“The president of the United States has personally come after me and my show,” Colbert said, “and there’s only one thing to say.” Watch: