Stephen Colbert covered both lies President Trump told about calling Tim Cook ‘Tim Apple’ and also looked at Trump’s nicknames for Democratic candidates in 2020.
It’s not often that Stephen Colbert is willing to let President Donald Trump off the hook for a mistake. Covering Trump’s gaffes and blunders have become a big part of The Late Show‘s success. But Colbert was ready to move on from Trump’s “Tim Apple” slip up until the president decided to bring it up again.
Plenty of people on social media and in late night had a good laugh about President Trump referring to Apple CEO Tim Cook as Tim Apple. It was by no means the worse thing Trump has said in public. If anything, it was one of the few truly relateable actions by the president. Who hasn’t had a slip of the tongue and called someone by the wrong name?
But President Trump is not one to take too much responsibility for messing up or admitting to a mistake. Remember, spelling mistakes in his tweets are intentional. So rather than let the “Tim Apple” thing slide and get buried by the next news story, Trump couldn’t help himself. He had not one but two different explanations. Both caught the attention of Stephen Colbert.
First Trump told Republican donors that he did indeed say “Tim Cook” but that it was too quick for everyone to hear. The problem with that is Trump was being recorded at the time so an easy check of the tape revealed that was a lie. As Colbert has reminded us, the president doesn’t seem to remember that when the cameras are on him he can’t contradict himself and get away with it.
So perhaps coming to the realization that the clip could be slowed down to listen for “Cook,” the president came up with a second excuse. It was actually a time-saving technique. The same man who spoke for two hours at CPAC wants to be efficient with his time.
The need for Trump to lie about this is both hilarious and unsettling according to Stephen Colbert. The ridiculousness is overshadowed by what it demonstrates about Trump’s character and those that can listen to him lie about something insignificant and still donate to his reelection.
Colbert used the rest of the monologue to discuss President Trump’s nicknames for his Democratic opponents in 2020. Again, it’s hard to deny that the whole thing is entertaining. But combined with what we’ve seen from the administration it becomes another sign that maybe being president isn’t for Donald Trump.
It’s doubtful, but hopefully President Trump learns a lesson from “Applegate.” There are just some things he needs to let go if he doesn’t want people like Stephen Colbert making fun of him. The good news for Colbert is that Trump will always have new material ready for him each and every night for The Late Show.