Bill Clinton to Stephen Colbert: Donald Trump Has a "Macho Appeal"

"He's a master brander, and he's the most interesting character out there," the former president said about Trump's campaign success.
Bill Clinton on Tuesday's 'Late Show'

Bill Clinton appeared on Tuesday's Late Show, where he weighed in on Donald Trump's early polling success.

During the episode of the CBS late-night program, host Stephen Colbert asked the former president why he thinks Trump is off to such a hot start.

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"Because he's a master brander, and he's the most interesting character out there," said Clinton. "And because he says something that overrides the ideological differences."

Clinton explained that Trump will brush aside questions about his political past by saying, "'Yeah I used to be friends with Bill Clinton — who cares? I run things, and I build things, and you need somebody that will go in there and fix, and if they don't let me fix it, I'll just get them out of the way.' "

Clinton warned that Trump's approach may mean his campaign has a "short shelf life," adding: "There is a macho appeal to saying, 'I'm just sick of nothing happening. I'll make things — vote for me.' " 

Colbert brought up a rumor that Clinton had called Trump and asked him to run for president, which Clinton said wasn't true. Clinton did admit to calling Trump back after the real estate mogul had tried to reach him, but Clinton said they didn't discuss the race.

"I get credit for doing a lot of things I didn't do, like that," said Clinton. Colbert replied by saying the word "credit" while making air-quotes.

When Colbert asked Clinton who should be the next president, the politician answered, "The lady I saw singing on Saturday Night Live," a reference to his wife Hillary Clinton's recent cameo on the NBC sketch comedy series.

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