Stephen Colbert Reads Fake Letters From Nixon to Donald Trump

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"How do you keep getting away with this shit?"

On Wednesday's Late Show, Stephen Colbert had some fun with a reported letter that former President Richard Nixon wrote to Donald Trump in 1987.

Trump is reportedly decorating his Oval Office with the correspondence from December of that year. "Dear Donald, I did not see the program, but Mrs. Nixon told me that you were great on 'The Donahue Show,'" wrote Nixon. "As you can imagine, she is an expert on politics, and she predicts that whenever you decide to run for office you will be a winner!"

"What pollster did Pat Nixon use?" asked Colbert. "Nostradamus?"

After reading the real letter, which he joked Trump would mount next to Jeb Bush's stuffed head, Colbert said he obtained a trove of unreleased letters from Nixon to Trump. 

Using his best Nixon impression, Colbert read the fake letters in which Nixon complimented Trump's appearances on Wrestlemania and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Nixon's final fictitious letter was written from his ghost. "Pat and I have been following your campaign closely," wrote Nixon's ghost. "How do you keep getting away with this shit? I mean leaked recordings sunk my reputation, and you talk about pussy and still get elected?"

Earlier in his monologue, Colbert spoke about Trump's recent revelation that he had expected to lose and the news about Russian hackers interfering with the election to help Trump. 

This week it was announced that when Clinton campaign head John Podesta received a phishing email from hackers, a Clinton aide mistakenly told him it was a "legitimate" email instead of an "illegitimate" email, a gaffe Colbert said was due to a typo.

"I can't believe a trick this obvious took down the most sophisticated campaign in history," said Colbert. "That'd be like winning World War II by luring Hitler out of his bunker with a fake lady Hitler."

"It really legitimizes our democracy," said Colbert. "I'm sorry, de-legitmizes."

Trump has rejected the CIA's assessment of Russia's interference in the election and was still tweeting about the hack on Thursday morning. 

Before the election, the Obama administration announced it was "confident" Russia was behind the email hacks, but President Obama delayed action on the issue for fear of seeming like he was meddling. 

"It would've been inappropriate for White House figures — including the president of the United States — to be rushing the intelligence community to expedite their analysis of the situation," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.

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