When Dickerson asked if he stood by the claim, Trump snapped, “I don’t stand by anything,” and stalked away.
Colbert came to Dickerson’s defense — and made it clear he was standing up for a colleague.
“When you insult one member of the CBS family, you insult us all! Bazinga!” Colbert said, quoting the catch phrase from the CBS sit com “Big Bang Theory.”
“Donald Trump, John Dickerson is a fair-minded journalist and one of the most competent people who will ever walk into your office, and you treat him like that?” Colbert said.
The former star of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” — where he frequently used the kind of blue material that he rolled out Monday — then continued to pummel Trump.
“Sir, you attract more skinheads than free Rogaine. You have more people marching against you than cancer. You talk like a sign-language gorilla that got hit in the head.”
Colbert’s anti-Trump antics have proven a ratings winner for “The Late Show,” which has eclipsed Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show” on NBC for 13 weeks in a row. But he remains neck-and-neck with Fallon, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
For the week of April 24, Colbert averaged 2.74 million viewers — just 2 percent, or 67,000 viewers, more than Fallon — Colbert’s narrowest margin of victory since his streak began.
During the same week, Fallon saw his biggest victory among adults 18-49, a demographic advertisers cherish.
He outperformed Colbert by 50 percent, averaging a 0.66 rating in the key demographic to Colbert’s 0.44, Fallon’s biggest lead in that age group since the year began.