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Thursday 1 June 2023 Dublin: 14°C
# big fat door
Donald Trump turned down a "big fat meatball" last night
The Republican frontrunner toned down his brash persona.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert / YouTube

REPUBLICAN FRONTRUNNER DONALD Trump managed to avoid mixing his own words with those of Charles Manson in an understated performance on the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night.

Colbert, who recently took over the CBS show from David Letterman, has been interviewing nearly all those running for president and last night was the turn of ‘The Donald’.

Peppered with questions and wisecracks during his appearance, the usually domineering Trump took a back seat while still defending some of his more controversial statements.

On immigration, Trump promised that the wall he wants to build on the US-Mexico border will be a “great and beautiful wall”. He added that the wall will have “a beautiful big fat door” to allow legal immigrants to pass through.

Colbert also offered Trump a “big fat meatball to hit out the park” in asking him directly if he believed US President Barack Obama was born in the United States.

Trump refused to answer.  ”I don’t talk about it anymore, I talk about jobs. I talk about how veterans are being horribly treated. I just don’t talk about it anymore,” he said.

Colbert also asked Trump to distinguish between Trump’s own statements and statements that Colbert’s conservative alter-ego from on ‘The Colbert Report’

“For years I played an over-the-top conservative character — not as long as you did,” Colbert joked.

“I was looking back over some of the things you said over the years, and sometimes I couldn’t figure out whether I said them or you said them. So I’d like to know if you can help me figure this out.”

The real-estate mogul managed to identify all of his own quotes, occasionally by process of elimination. Colbert read a tweet that Trump posted complaining about the cold weather and declaring that “we need global warming.”

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert / YouTube

“I think it’s you, but it’s close to being me,” Trump said, grinning after another question.

Trump easily pointed out which quotes were Colbert’s, at one point even pointing at Colbert before he finished reading his quote.

“You know you pretty well,” Colbert said.

- With reporting from Business Insider

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