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Stephen Colbert announces potential 2020 presidential run on a Russian TV show

"The Late Show" host trolled President Trump in an interview with a Russian late-night host

Taylor Link
June 24, 2017 12:00PM (UTC)

2016 may have been the year of the troll, but Stephen Colbert reminded the world this week that he is still the king of trolling.

"The Late Show" host announced on a Russian program that he was considering a bid for the U.S. presidency in the 2020 election. The American comedian is in Russia taping an assignment for CBS's "The Late Show."


Playing a drinking game of "Russian roulette" on the "Evening Urgant," a Russian late-night talk show hosted by Ivan Urgant, Colbert toasted the Russian-speaking crowd, saying that the people of the Eastern European country were unforgettable.

“To the beautiful and friendly Russian people,” Colbert said as he downed a shot of vodka. “I don’t understand why no members of the Trump administration can remember meeting you.”

A translator explained to the in-studio audience what Colbert was saying in English. The crowd must have been in for a shock when they heard his next joke.

“I am here to announce that I am considering a run for president in 2020," Colbert said, taking another a shot of vodka. "I thought it would be better to cut out the middleman and just tell the Russians myself.”

“If anyone would like to work on my campaign in an unofficial capacity, please just let me know," he added.

It was not the first time that Colbert has announced a campaign for the presidency. In 2008, when he was still the host of "Colbert Report" on Comedy Central, the political satirist said he was going to run for president in his home state of South Carolina. A $35,000 fee to enter the Republican primary in the state ultimately prevented him a place on the ballot.


Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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