Colbert Rips Trump’s ‘Softening’ on Immigration: ‘Happens to a Lot of Men His Age’
The ‘Late Show’ host takes on Donald Trump’s evolving positions on immigration in a new edition of ‘The Werd.’
Before Donald Trump makes his big immigration clarification address on Wednesday—and travels to Mexico for a surprise and guaranteed-to-be-awkward sit-down with the Mexican president—Stephen Colbert blessed us with a new edition of “The Werd” to examine just where the GOP candidate currently stands on the controversial issue.
“He has to give this speech sooner or later, because immigration has gone from being the one thing everyone thought they knew about Donald Trump to,” Colbert said, “and I'm quoting his supporters here, ‘Huh?’” But Colbert went on to suggest that Trump might just be “confused and meaningless like a fox.”
Tonight’s “Werd” was “Double Vision” and in it the host laid out how Trump’s shrinking poll numbers have led him to “soften” his position on immigration. “Yes, there could be a softening, it happens to a lot of men his age,” Colbert said, as the words “Electile Dysfunction” appeared on the screen. But the next day, Trump said he might actually be “hardening.”
“That is innovative leadership,” he said. “You see, for years, politicians have been so afraid of immigration reform that they wouldn't take any position. Now, Donald Trump has taken two. And keep in mind that this is not flip-flopping. He's not saying ‘up’ and then changing his mind to ‘down.’ His position's a firm ‘up-down.’”
As Colbert went on to demonstrate, Trump is also for banning all Muslim immigration but also says it was just a “suggestion.” He now says Hillary Clinton would make a “terrible president” but in 2008 he said she would make a “good president.”
“Whatever you believe, Trump agrees with you,” Colbert said. “I don't know why he's not getting 100% of the vote.”