Colbert on Trump/LaVar Ball: ‘Maybe’s Now Is Not the Best Time To Be Implying Someone’s Kid Should Go to Jail for Something Their Dad Did’

‘Pretending not to know him is the meanest thing you can do to Donald Trump’

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RUSH EXCERPT:

COLBERT: Monday also means that it's time to dig through trump's weekend tweets and pick out the kernels of corn. First up, basketball. You might remember that while he was in China, trump asked China's president XI jinping to release three U.C.L.A. Players who had been arrested for shoplifting from a Chinese mall -- easily, the most scandalous thing to happen in a mall that didn't involve Roy Moore. But trump couldn't resist
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But trump couldn't resist tweeting, "Do you think the three U.C.L.A. Basketball players will say thank you President Trump?"
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Imagine Thanksgiving at the trump house: "Let's go around the table and all say what we're thankful to me for. I'll start."
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Thank you, me.
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Thank you. The players did thank the president, but, on Friday, one of their fathers, lavar ball, shot back at trump. Now, ball has made a career out of baiting people to get publicity for his company, big baller brand-- which is a basketball lifestyle brand and not, as I thought, a company that makes pants for men with husky testicles.
( Laughter )
Big and tall. So when ESPN asked him about trump's involvement in getting his son released, ball replied, "Who?"
( Laughter )
Ouch! Pretending not to know him is the meanest thing you can do to Donald Trump.
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Knowing who he is is his whole thing. That's why he puts his name on all of his buildings and one of his kids. Well, say what you will about Donald Trump, but he is the president and far above responding to a publicity-hungry troll.
( Laughter )

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