Stephen Colbert: Donald Trump phone call
Stephen Colbert made history on Tuesday night, as the first late-night host to take a live phone call from Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.
Joining the list of news anchors who have spoken to Trump via phone on air, Colbert asked the former reality show host for some proof of identity. “I could say, ‘You’re fired,'” Trump said, referencing his past life as host of The Apprentice. After Colbert joked Trump wouldn’t be the only person to say that to Colbert, the candidate heaped praise on his interviewer. “You’re doing so well, that could never happen, Stephen. You’re doing a great job.”
Trump appeared to ostensibly campaign for votes in the South Carolina primary, Colbert’s home state. But the late-night host also quizzed the outspoken frontrunner on how he would handle appointing someone to the Supreme Court in the last year of his presidency, a situation President Barack Obama has found himself in since the death of Antonin Scalia last week.
“Would you allow the Senate to tell you not to do it,” Colbert asked Trump.
“Well, the Senate really has the right to do that,” Trump said. “I would certainly, if I were president, regardless of who that may be, I guess I’d put in a name. The Senate really does — especially for this fairly short period of time — have the right to not to do it, not to vote on it, not to approve it. Which is probably what they’d do.”
After Colbert said that didn’t sound like an answer one would expect from Trump, the candidate added, “If I were the president, I’d be pushing. Whether I was Republican or Democrat, I’d be pushing. But the Senate does have a lot of power of that, they have the right to do that. They have a pretty daunting right. It should not happen. It should be whoever the next president is should be the one who picks next Supreme Court justice.” His response drew a smattering of boos from the crowd.
“You’re not making any friends here, Donald, I hate to say,” Colbert said.
Watch the segment below.