WATCH: Colbert on Trump's "softening" immigration stance: "This new thing is totally against his brand"

Colbert likened Trump's change of heart to "Smokey The Bear saying, 'I'm softening my position on forest fires.'

Published August 26, 2016 1:43PM (EDT)

"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert on Thursday examined GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's self-described "softening" stance on illegal immigration.

"The one thing we thought we knew about Donald Trump was how he felt about immigrants," Colbert said. "Whenever he spoke on the subject, he was practically coherent."

"This new thing is totally against his brand," he continued. "It would be like Smokey The Bear saying, 'I'm softening my position on forest fires. Matches are cool.'"

During his town hall interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, Trump workshopped his stance with the audience with a very indeterminate applause-o-meter poll. Colbert, in turn, workshopped his reaction with his own audience.

"If you think Trump should not have asked two or more questions at the same time, shout out option one," he instructed. "But if you think it should have been one question, that's option number two — start clapping. But if you disagree, stomp your feet and yell."

By Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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