Sonia Saraiya, Salon-
(I)n the first few minutes of Trump’s interview, I found myself realizing why people have become enamored of him, his contradictory and reprehensible views be damned. Trump has a completely different level of confidence and ease in the public eye than any of the other Republican candidates that have wormed their way onto talk shows; he has nothing at all to lose. He is an out-of-touch crank at Thanksgiving dinner who has accidentally alighted onto a few topics that seem to resonate with his listeners, and the validation is intoxicating.
Colbert’s weapon isn’t investigation or blunt questioning. It’s letting ridiculous people be as fully ridiculous as possible, and then turning them over to the national audience. His entire professional philosophy hinges on letting the viewers decide for themselves what to think, because he believes in comedy doing the talking for itself. It’s a clear break from David Letterman-witness this tense interview with Trump from January 2015-but it’s the approach that made Colbert both famous and beloved.
The full interview is available on YouTube in that horrible letterbox format I really hate (14:56), but not at all from CBS who have an awful video page that rarely includes complete clips and only displays whole shows for about 5 days and then you have to pay to view.
In the complete appearance people are making a big deal about this exchange.
“I’m gonna throw you up a big fat meatball for you to hit out of the park right now. This is the last time you ever have to address this question if you hit the ball. Barack Obama – born in the United States?”
“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.”
I wasn’t that impressed. Trump didn’t answer but he doesn’t need to. Substantial majorities (60 – 70% range depending on the poll) of Republicans, not Conservatives, Republicans, think Obama is not a U.S. citizen, a Muslim, or both.
There are a lot of reasons to hate on Obama but those ain’t any of them.
People sieze on that and say- “Racist!” and while they are quite correct in their assessment the reply is- “Yeah. So what?”
Trump, correctly from the standpoint of winning the nomination, doesn’t care about them, he cares about his supporters and, just like the McCain is no hero statement, they won’t be bothered by this at all. They may in fact admire him more for refusing to back down.
And, were I Trump and confronted with this by types that style themselves mainstream, superior, and elite, I’d simply say- “I don’t talk about it anymore. Obama is done. In January 2017 there will be a new President and his name is Trump.” Cue the balloon dropping applause.
What I did think was more funny and telling is this bit-
How did you score? The Donald was of course a solid ‘A’. I was perfect, which I never apologize for.
Stephen’s political guest tonight are Elizabeth Warren and Hugh Evans (Australian humanitarian). His entertainment guest is Hugh Jackman with musical guest Pearl Jam.
The New Continuity
If you think women are not as bad ass in combat as men you’ve never faced one.
Tonightly, special guest Ahmed Mohamed who you may know better as ‘Clock Boy’. This is a HUGE get frankly and perhaps tomorrow I’ll focus on it rather than the Warren unless she’s particularly impressive.
On the panel will be Mike Yard, Naomi Klein, and Derek Waters.