Stephen Colbert Says Trump is 'Stealing All My Bits,' Suggested Alligator-Filled Moat Before Trump and Obama

Stephen Colbert has a bone to pick with President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama—he wants credit for the ludicrous alligator-filled moat idea to protect the U.S. border.

On Wednesday's The Late Show on CBS, Colbert addressed a report in The New York Times that claimed Trump, in March, suggested a trench filled with alligators to strengthen his long-planned wall at the southern border. Trump denied the report on Twitter.

Colbert said that not only is "Trump's 'gator plan insane, it's also plagiarized," pointing to 2011 footage of Obama joking about the Republican party possibly wanting a moat filled with alligators to increase border security.

"We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement," Obama said in the clip . "But even though we've answered these concerns, I gotta say I suspect there are still going to be some who are trying to move the goalposts on us one more time. Maybe they'll need a moat. Maybe they'll want alligators in the moat."

To this, Colbert quipped: "Remember back in 2011 when a president talking about alligator moats was a joke? And the most embarrassing thing about Kevin Spacey was [the movie] K-Pax?"

But, Colbert continued, it was he, not Obama or Trump, who first mooted the idea of alligator-fortified border security.

"[Obama] also plagiarized that joke from this guy I used to know who used to play a conservative pundit on a comedy show," said Colbert, segueing into clips from his old Comedy Central satire show, The Colbert Report.

In the first clip, dated June 21, 2006, Colbert's right-wing alter-ego said: "We need a moat. We need it filled with fire, maybe with some fireproof crocodiles in there."

"I want a 20-foot high wall, 2,000 miles long so you can see it from space," said Colbert on the October 19, 2006, episode. "There's a moat full of fire with fireproof crocodiles."

In a clip from an October 7, 2014, episode, Colbert said: "I say wall, moat filled with flames, fireproof alligators." And in a further clip from July 21, 2006, he said: "A moat with some alligators in it."

Back to present day, The Late Show host concluded: "Trump is stealing all my bits. What gives?"

Earlier in the segment, Colbert said "we have never had a crueler, more twisted man in the Oval Office," reacting to Trump allegedly suggesting border patrol agents shoot migrants in the legs to slow them down, per The New York Times report. "Not even founding father President Jigsaw," Colbert quipped, showing an image of the sadistic masked killer in the Saw films.

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