Former president Bill Clinton answered the question that has long been on the electorate’s mind: Did he tell Donald Trump to run for president?
“No, no,” he told Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night’s episode of The Late Show. “Yeah, I get credit for a lot of things I didn’t do.”
A phone call did take place, as many media outlets have reported, and it sounds a bit like a game of Telephone: Trump’s daughter (Ivanka, we’re guessing) told Clinton’s daughter (hey, Chelsea) that Trump had left a message for her father, and Bill “simply called him back.”
I don’t know whether he ever intended to discuss this with me or not — and this has happened to me before — I think by the time I called him back, he had forgotten why he called me in the first place.
Earlier in the interview, Colbert asked Clinton why he thought Trump was leading the Republican nominee race. Clinton replied that it was because Trump was a “master brander” and an “interesting character.” He pointed to the first GOP debate, when the other nominees were vying for the best politically correct answers. Trump admitted to supporting both Democrats and Republicans in the past and told people he would be able to make things happen, unlike the other candidates.
Clinton also explained why he believed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was doing so well: Democrats had seen that moving further right had worked to some degree for the Republican party, so their response was to move further left with Sanders.
Clinton and Colbert touched on a number of other topics throughout the interview, from low voter turnout from Democrats in non-presidential years to what Clinton would tell aliens to keep them from annihilating the human race.
But perhaps one of the most memorable, if expected, bits was when Colbert asked who Clinton to give his impartial support to a candidate in the 2016 election.
Clinton quipped back: “The lady I saw singing on Saturday Night Live.”