Trump Explains His Use of Foul Language and the SCOTUS Decision to Colbert

Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert shows off his brand-new "Trump Phone" on "The Late Show." CBS/YouTube

Donald Trump is busy campaigning in South Carolina ahead of Saturday's primary, but that didn't stop him from fielding a few questions from Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night's Late Show. Though they were separated by nearly 1,000 miles, Colbert was able to go mano a mano with the candidate at the top of the GOP polls, thanks to a piece of technology often neglected in late-night television: the telephone.

To lend the call a touch of verisimilitude, Colbert even dyed the "Trump Phone" orange and topped it off with a nice hair piece.

As a South Carolina native, Colbert is in touch with the values of the Bible Belt South, and one thing Bible Belt Southerners don't like is swearing. Trump, as Colbert points out, has let a few fly on the campaign trail. No more, though. During a rally last week, Trump vowed to keep it PG the rest of the way. "I won't use foul language," he said. "I'm just not going to do it, I'm not going to do it. Even if it's not a bad word, if it's a little bit off, they kill me, so I won't do it. I'll never do it again, actually."

When pressed about the issue by Colbert, Trump obfuscated. "These are very minor words," he said, "and in many cases I actually bleeped them out myself—I never said the word—and then they'll bleep it, and people will think I said the word, which is a little deceptive, but that's OK."

Colbert's suggestion? Set up a swear jar, and every time Trump says a bad word, he puts a billion dollars in it.

But the biggest actual issue currently in the news is how the Senate will react to the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Though it is President Barack Obama's right to appoint a replacement, the Senate will still need to sign off on the choice, and many conservatives are calling for the decision to be delayed until Obama is out of office. How does Trump feel about all this? His answer will not surprise you.

"The Senate has a lot of power over that," Trump told Colbert. "They have a right to do it. They have a pretty daunting right, so it should not happen. Whoever the next president is should be the one that picks the next Supreme Court justice."

The studio audience in New York booed Trump's response.

"You're not making any friends here, Donald, I hate to tell you," said Colbert.