Colbert: Given Trump’s Black History Month Display, Maybe the MLK Bust ‘Tried to Escape’

Much has been made of President Donald Trump‘s performance yesterday at the White House surrounding Black History Month; to mark the occasion, the President was joined by a roundtable of influential black community leaders, though he used the spotlight to continue his war against CNN and its ‘fake news.’

It’s a slight that Stephen Colbert simply couldn’t let go during his monologue Wednesday.

The Late Show host skewered Trump’s performance of being flanked by Dr. Ben Carson and Omarosa Manigault — “The two black people he knows,” quipped Colbert — and the fact that he invoked the saga of the missing MLK bust. The Late Show played a clip from Wednesday where Trump said to the roundtable, “You read a month ago when somebody said I took the statue out of my office and it turns out that was fake news.”

“Yes, it was fake news,” replied Colbert. “Trump didn’t take the statue from his office. It tried to escape.”

Colbert also mocked Trump’s much-criticized “praise” of Frederick Douglass, of whom POTUS said he’s, “somebody who’s done an amazing job who’s being recognized more and more I notice.”

“Yeah I notice that too. Hearing a lot more about this Fred Douglass guy,” joked Colbert. “He’s just naming black people he’s heard of at this point! ‘Harriet Tubman. Rosa Parks. Fat Albert. The PineSol commercial lady. Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder.'” Watch above via CBS.

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