GOP presidential candidate and leading “birther” Donald Trump backed down on Tuesday when Stephen Colbert asked him to spell out his stance on President Barack Obama’s birthplace.
“I’m gonna throw you up a big fat meatball for you to hit out of the park right now,” the Late Show host said. “This is the last time you ever have to address this question if you hit the ball. Barack Obama: born in the United States?”
Trump, who offered Obama millions in 2012 to produce his birth certificate, immediately tried to demur while Colbert exclaimed, “It’s a meatball! It’s hanging out there!”
“I don’t talk about it anymore,” the real estate magnate said after a few seconds. “I talk about jobs, I talk about our veterans being horribly treated. I just don’t discuss it anymore”
“You know that meatball is now being dragged down the steps of the subway by a rat right now,” Colbert retorted. “You missed the meatball.”
“I’m talking about the vets, who are treated like third-class citizens,” Trump said. “They’re treated worse than the illegals. The vets of this country are so mistreated.”
Earlier this month, Trump won the endorsement of an alleged “veterans’ group,” Veterans For A Strong America — despite his campaign allegedly not knowing that the organization is in fact one South Dakota man who is banned from hosting events in California, where he appeared at a fundraiser for him.
Colbert also took a moment to thank Trump for running for the presidency.
“I’m not going to say this stuff writes itself, but you certainly do deliver it on time every day,” he said.
Watch the interview, as posted online, below.
Intel Democrat says Trump’s Russia adviser’s testimony was ‘incredibly helpful’ for impeachment
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"You were in the room for Fiona Hill's closed-door deposition today," said Blitzer. "How helpful do you believe her testimony to your investigation will be?"
"Incredibly helpful, Wolf," said Swalwell, who serves on the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. "Also helpful that she showed up, and, like some others, has chosen to defy orders from the president and the State Department to not show up. And when witnesses actually just show up, it advances our investigation."
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"The question today, will Trump’s conduct in the Middle East -- which has already led to one of the fastest and most dramatic political realignments in history, one that strengthens Syria’s Assad, Iran, and Russia, all American adversaries -- contribute to a political realignment here at home, wherein Republicans participate in the congressional investigation into Donald Trump's demand that a foreign leader dig up dirt on a political rival," anchor Nicolle Wallace said.
Florida Republican Governor linked to arrested Giuliani henchman Lev Parnas in video
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has been outed for associating with at least one of the Rudy Giuliani associates arrested last week.
According to a video posted by Reuters reporter Joey Roulette on Twitter, Ukrainian businessman Lev Parnas can be seen standing with DeSantis after his election night win last November.
"Ukrainian businessman Lev Parnas, one of two Giuliani associates arrested last week and charged for scheming to funnel foreign money into various US elections, is seen (on the left) in this Nov 6 2018 video I took at Governor Ron DeSantis' election victory party in Orlando," tweeted Roulette.