Laura Benanti Returns to 'Late Show' as Melania Trump to Spoof CNN Interview
"I did not know this, but when American men gather to sport, they always brag of grabbing women by the Billy Bush."
On Tuesday's Late Show, Stephen Colbert had Laura Benanti reprise her hit impression of Melania Trump, who had told CNN's Anderson Cooper that her husband Donald Trump was “egged on” by Billy Bush “to say dirty and bad stuff” on a hot mic in 2005.
“I said to my husband that those words are very inappropriate,” said the Broadway star as Melania, who appeared to be coached off-camera about what to tell Colbert via satellite. The worst part of the comments? “He said them on a bus. Disgusting. This is not the man I married.”
After catching the eye of her adviser, Benanti’s Melania noted she “apparently” has forgiven her husband because Donald “explained it was locker room talk,” she said. “I did not know this, but when American men gather to sport, they always brag of grabbing women by the Billy Bush.”
She continued to defend the GOP candidate against the numerous women who have complained of his advances. “Those are all lies, Stephen. Except the ones where there’s videotape. Then, it’s locker room talk,” she clarified. And of reports that he walked in on women at pageants as they were getting dressed, she noted, “It’s a woman locker room.”
Altogether, “Boys, men — it’s the same. No matter how nice they seem, secretly they’re all foul-mouthed Billy Bush-grabbing pigs,” she said. “I’m talking about your husband, your brother, the Pope, Luke Skywalker — all of them. Yes, they’re all animals. If only a woman could be president!”
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