President Donald Trump finally responded to Stephen Colbert's extremely vulgar anti-Trump "The Late Show" rant that aired last week.
In a wide-ranging interview published Thursday by Time magazine, Trump branded Colbert's lewd monologue dissection of him as "filthy" and declared that the comedian is a "no-talent guy."
"There’s nothing funny about what he says," Trump told the magazine, referring to Colbert's comments. "And what he says is filthy."
And you have kids watching. And it only builds up my base. It only helps me, people like him. The guy was dying. By the way, they were going to take him off television, then he started attacking me and he started doing better. But his show was dying. I’ve done his show. … But when I did his show, which by the way was very highly rated. It was high — highest rating. The highest rating he’s ever had.
Colbert came under fire from viewers and social media after he referred to the president's mouth as Russian President Vladimir Putin's personal "c**k holster" during the May 2 airing of CBS' "The Late Show."
The comedian railed against the president, very upset that Trump had abruptly ended and walked away from an interview with CBS News anchor John Dickerson. Colbert touted Dickerson as a "fair-minded" journalist, and said, "When you insult one member of the CBS family, you insult us all."
"Mr. Trump, your presidency — I love your presidency,” Colbert saidd. “I call it ‘Disgrace the Nation.’ You’re not the POTUS — you’re the BLOTUS. You’re the glutton with the button. You’re a regular ‘Gorge’ Washington. You’re the presi-dunce, but you’re turning into a real prick-tator."
“Sir,” he continued, “you attract more skinheads than free Rogaine.”
The hits only kept coming.
“You have more people marching against you than cancer,” Colbert spat. “You talk like a sign language gorilla who got hit in the head. In fact, the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c**k holster.
“Your presidential library is gonna be a kids menu and a couple of ‘Jugs’ magazines,” Colbert concluded. “The only thing smaller than your hands is your tax returns. And you can take that any way you want.”
Colbert's rant sparked the hashtag #FireColbert, which trended on the internet for days.
For his part, however, Colbert said that he would absolutely do it again — though he admitted he would substitute certain words for others a second time around.
Addressing his audience later that same week, Colbert said, "I don't regret that," referring to his rant.
"So while I would do it again," he continued, "I would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be."
On May 5, it was reported that Colbert was being investigated by the Federal Communications Commission over his on-air vulgarities.
"We are going to take the facts that we find," FCC Chairman Ajit Pai told WPHT-AM, "and we are going to apply the law as it’s been set out by the Supreme Court and other courts and we’ll take the appropriate action.
“Traditionally, the agency has to decide, if it does find a violation, what the appropriate remedy should be,” Pai said. “A fine, of some sort, is typically what we do.”