Wearing a mop of badly parted hair and standing before a bevy of American flags, Stephen Colbert did his best Donald Trump impression in a promo video released Tuesday for “The Late Show.”
Colbert, who rose to stardom with his faux-GOP shtick, lampooned the real estate mogul’s rather bizarre speech on Tuesday in which Trump announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. Trump’s speech jumped haphazardly from topic to topic and was interrupted by early music cues.
“This will be the finest, most luxurious, gold-plated, diamond-encrusted campaign that will give hope to a weary nation,” Colbert said. “Until we reach that fine fall day when the new season of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ begins.”
Like Trump, Colbert aimed pointed barbs at Mexican immigrants and China, and lamented America’s demise.
“I agree with Donald that America is dead — buried in a coffin in salted earth with our enemies pissing on it and laughing. And Donald Trump is the only man — the only man — who can dig up the corpse of that nation and marry it.”
Colbert’s speech got progressively stranger as it went on. He read excerpts from a romance novel and spewed foam from his mouth. When the music cut him off, he interrupted with a quick, “My mouth has more to say.”
Fans of the now-defunct “Colbert Report” will surely be relieved to see that he’ll continue to do political satire despite killing off his Comedy Central character to take over “The Late Show” on CBS. He’s set to host his first episode on Sept. 8.
Check out Colbert’s video below.