Stephen Colbert addressed the latest development in the feud between Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and President Donald Trump after she released a DNA test that provides “strong evidence’’ she has some Native American ancestry. Warren’s claims to Native American blood had repeatedly been mocked by the president, who nicknamed her “Pocahontas.”
“Well, after years of mocking Elizabeth Warren, clearly the president must have had a lot to say about these test results,” Colbert said, who noted that the president responded, “Who cares?” to the news.
“You care!” Colbert told the president, recalling the president’s boast that he would donate $1 million to charity if Warren took a DNA test. “You’re literally the only person who cares.”
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) October 16, 2018
Colbert also commented on Trump’s denial that he had offered to donate to charity if Warren could prove her ancestry. “You better read it again,” Trump told reporters.
“Oh, we don’t have to read it,” Colbert said. “Luckily enough, we’re going to have somebody read it for us.”
He then played the clip of Trump making that promise last summer.
I’m going to get one of those little kits and in the middle of the debate, when she proclaims she’s of Indian heritage — because her mother said she has high cheekbones, that’s her only evidence,” Trump said at the time. “We will take that little kit, but we have to do it gently, because we’re in the ‘me too’ generation, so we have to be very gentle.”
“I have a feeling she will say no,” Trump said after making his initial offer.
“Well, Mr. President, she didn’t say no, she said yes,” Colbert commented. “But rumor has it, you don’t know the difference.”
Colbert is far from the only one to criticize Trump for walking back his $1 million offer.
Of course Trump is now backtracking on his $1M offer to Elizabeth Warren & now saying "who cares?" This is how bullies always behave when confronted. This is how this particular bully, fueled by demagoguery & racism & misogyny, always behaves when confronted with facts.
— Steven Beschloss (@StevenBeschloss) October 15, 2018
I think it physically pains him to tell the truth or do the right thing. There's just no other explanation at this point.https://t.co/zPT6b3txk6
— Stephen J. Cloobeck (@sjcloobeck) October 15, 2018
Will you pay the $1 Million to Elizabeth Warren’s charity of choice now after your racist attacks?
trump: I NEVER SAID THAT! WHO CARES?! WAH!
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) October 15, 2018