Stephen Colbert is the latest late-night host to poke fun at Donald Trump’s reading of a so-called Irish proverb during a luncheon with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.
In a video posted to The Late Show Twitter account on Friday, which was St. Patrick’s Day, Colbert played a clip of Trump’s stilted reading of a verse, which he introduced as “that proverb — and this is a good one, this is one I like. I’ve heard it for many, many years and I love it.”
The only problem, Colbert pointed out, was that Trump’s Irish proverb was neither a proverb nor Irish. Instead, it appears to be a poem by Nigerian banker Albasheer Adam Alhassan, who penned the verse while he was in college. “I’m surprised Trump even allowed that poem into the country,” Colbert quipped, referring to Trump’s stance on immigration.
He went on to offer alternative sayings appropriate for the Irish holiday, reading from a green-jacketed book titled “Donald Trump’s Book of Bigly Irish Sayings.” Colbert attributed lyrics from Dean Martin’s “Amore” to W. B. Yeats and cited George Bernard Shaw as the writer of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.”
“This next proverb is just listed as ‘traditional’ — we don’t know who wrote it,” Colbert said. “But it’s very, very famous: ‘You’d better call Becky with the good hair.’”
See the clip, and Colbert’s Beyoncé reference, above. The Late Show airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.