Stephen Colbert on Trump: 'He's My Old Character with $10 Billion'

The Late Night host discussed Donald Trump and the importance of comedy in tragic times.

On "Face the Nation," Stephen Colbert discussed his pivot into network TV and what it's like to be a comedian in tragic times. Then he moved on to Trump, showing genuine shock that he's still leading the race for the GOP nomination.

"I really didn't think he would be doing this well," Colbert said. "He's my old character with $10 billion. He's completely playing on an emotional level but doing it better."

On "The Colbert Report," Colbert played a right-wing blowhard with a casual relationship to facts, much like the current GOP frontrunner

Colbert also addressed why comedy is important in times of confusion.

"You can't laugh and be afraid at the same time," he insisted.

Watch the clip below: 

Adam Johnson is a contributing analyst at FAIR and contributing writer for AlterNet. Follow him on Twitter @AdamJohnsonNYC.

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