In a forthcoming interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Stephen Colbert revealed on election night he had “to throw out everything” because his team intentionally did not prepare for a Trump win, the Hill reports.
“As soon as I knew the outcome, I knew that I would have to throw out everything I had planned, because we had four possible outcomes,” the “Late Show” host told John Dickerson.
“One is that we knew that Mrs. [Hillary] Clinton would win,” Colbert said, listing off the other possibilities: “We would not know; looked like Trump was going to win, but we wouldn’t know ’til the morning.”
“And then there was, he’s gonna win and we know he’s gonna win,” Colbert continued. “And that was the one that we prepared nothing for on purpose.”
Discussing the president-elect’s knack for deflecting blame onto other people, Colbert told Dickerson “the buck stops at that desk.”
“He’s famous for blaming other people for something going wrong,” Colbert said. “That’s over. The buck stops at that desk. And I hope he’s read it because the first time he blames something else for somebody—the first time he blames somebody else for something that he did, I think even people who like him will lose faith because—however you feel about the president, you’ve got to take the punch.”
Asked what reading material he would recommend to the president-elect, Colbert recommended the Nation’s founding document.
“Well, the Constitution wouldn’t hurt because I’m not sure if he’s as familiar with it as, as, as one would hope, Colbert said. “And it’s a pretty good read. Pretty good read. It’s well thought out.”
“I actually don’t know what he’s lacking in information,” he continued. “I mean, if we’re to believe his ghostwriter, he might want to read ‘Art of the Deal’ because he says didn’t write a word of it.”
Joking aside, Colbert told Dickerson he still believes the United States is “a great country.”
“A nation is not its politics,” Colbert said. “A nation is, is the relationships between its people,”
“The good news is, we’re all still here. America’s a great country,” he continued. ”It’s all just the relationships that we have with each other. That’s the important thing. And that’s the good news is our ability to love each other and care for each other.”
The full interview will appear Sunday at 10:30 a.m. EST. Watch a clip below, via CBS: