On Wednesday’s Late Show, host Stephen Colbert skewered Donald Trump Jr.’s attempts to minimize a meeting he had last year with a Kremlin-linked lawyer to obtain damaging information on then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
“Pretty much everybody agrees Trump Jr. was dumb to tweet this stuff, and the smart thing to do would just be to shut up,” Colbert said, referring to Trump Jr.’s emails regarding a meeting with a Russian emissary. “So, last night he went on Fox News and explained why he’s not responsible for any of this.”
The president’s eldest son publicly released emails about the meeting on Tuesday, and told Sean Hannity on Fox News later that day that he wasn’t really responsible for the resulting scandal, because he “can’t help” what people email him.
Colbert mocked Trump Jr.’s assertion. “He has to do whatever it says in an email,” Colbert joked. “That’s why his apartment is full of Nigerian princes and boner pills. You’re gonna wanna keep those apart.”
Colbert also poked fun at Trump Jr.’s excuse that the meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya wasn’t really important because it predated the public’s interest in the Trump campaign’s ties to Russian officials.
Colbert said, He colluded with the Russians before people were talking about Russian collusion, okay? That’s like saying, “Yeah, I fired a gun at that guy, but that was before everyone was talking about this whole murder trial.”
Turning to Trump Jr.’s final excuse—that nothing came of the meeting—Colbert quipped,
Yeah it was all in his Yelp review: “One star—did not deliver treason to table, would not collude again.” I got some news for you Don—just because you didn’t get your secret Russian intel doesn’t mean you’re the good guy here.
Referencing Trump Jr.’s assurance that “in retrospect” he would probably do things different, Colbert got one last dig in:
He’s right—hindsight is 20/20. And I think a lot of voters will be using hindsight in 2020.