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Stephen Colbert Apologizes to Eric Trump: 'We Always Thought You Were the Dumb One'

Donald Jr.'s tweets have left the "Late Show" host positively gobsmacked.

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Stephen Colbert has ridiculed the Trump family almost nightly for the last 18 months, but even he is taken aback by the towering stupidity of Donald Jr.—so much so that he felt the need to issue an apology to brother Eric on Tuesday.

"Trump Jr. was told in an email that this was a Russian effort to aid Trump's campaign," the "Late Show" host opened. "Who could have predicted an email scandal would taint a presidential campaign?" 

Earlier that day, the first son had inexplicably tweeted out his email exchange with a Kremlin-connected lawyer.

"What are you doing?" asked Colbert. "Does he even have a lawyer? Because you rarely see a cop show where the lawyer bursts into the interrogation room and shouts, 'Keep talking! In fact, tweet out everything you know!'"

What was once considered by some a nothingburger of a scandal has become, in Colbert's words, "an all-you-can-prosecute buffet."

Don Jr.'s emails with British music publicist Rob Goldstone, whom he met at the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, are damning to say the least—the first concrete evidence of the Trump campaign's collusion with Russia.

"This is the first email," Colbert read. "'Subject: Russia—Clinton—private and confidential.' We are five words in, and four of them are "Russia, Clinton, private, confidential.' The only one that's innocent is 'and.'"

"I would like to issue a formal apology," concluded Colbert. "I'd like to apologize to Eric Trump. We always thought you were the dumb one, and we were wrong."


Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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