Back in March 2016, as the presidential election was really starting to heat up, Louis C.K. sent out a 1,400-word email in which he urged his huge fan base to “please stop it with voting for Trump,” adding this kicker: “The guy is Hitler.”
Obviously, that didn’t work.
Just over a year later, the comedian showed up on Tuesday’s “Late Show” to tell host Stephen Colbert that, after the backlash the letter provoked, he regrets the Hitler comment. But, to be clear, C.K. isn’t exactly feeling warm fuzzies toward Trump:
‘He’s just a gross, crook, dirty, rotten, lying sack of shit.’
As the audience cheered, C.K. continued by admitting his take on the president is clearly “not a courageous position in this room.”
Still, C.K. explained that he regrets his Hitler comment primarily because “more people than he thought” ended up reading it,” and “the next day I was on the Daily News cover.”
He, of course, was referring to this:
C.K. went on to say that Trump is not as “profound” as he once thought, that he’s not “some new kind of evil.” Rather, as the comic put it, Trump merely appears to enjoy the art of lying.
“Don’t you want God to show up and say, ‘I was just kidding about everything?’ ” C.K. asked before complementing his Trump bashing with a critique of Obama. “I loved him, but half of Chicago shot the other half of Chicago while he was president,” he said. “And we bombed a bunch of weddings in Yemen.”
Colbert then dropped his take on the whole thing.
“The danger is identifying yourself with the person in power because they’re always going to disappoint you,” the host said.
Watch the full interview:
Louis C.K. was on the show to promote his new Netflix
comedy special, which became available for streaming on Tuesday.