Stephen Colbert wasted no time tearing back into Donald Trump for the Republican presidential candidate’s comments this week about how he’ll handle the election results.
“What I’m saying is, I’ll tell you at the time. I’ll keep you in suspense,” Trump said during Wednesday’s debate when asked whether he would view the election as legitimate were he to lose on Nov. 8.
The comment was widely denounced, including by Colbert, who joked Wednesday night that “Democracy is going to end with a cliffhanger.” The Late Show host was back at it again on Thursday, however, taking Trump’s latest remarks to task.
“A lot of people say Trump not promising to accept the results disqualifies him from the presidency. So today, in response, Trump assured voters that he believes in the peaceful transfer of power,” Colbert said, before playing a clip from Trump, where the nominee attempted to clarify his debate comments.
“Ladies and gentleman, I want to make a major announcement today,” Trump said during a stump speech on Thursday. “I want to promise and pledge, to all of my voters and supporters — and to all of the people of the United States — that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election… if I win.”
Colbert’s crowd loudly booed Trump’s remark. “You really got me. For a second there, I actually believed you had a shred of integrity,” the host said as the jeers died down.
Watch the segment below.