Donald Trump dodged a “big fat meatball” of a question about whether or not he thought President Barack Obama was born in the United States during his interview with Stephen Colbert on the Late Show Tuesday night.
“I’m going to throw you up a big, fat meatball for you to hit out of the park right now,” Colbert said. “This is the last time you ever have to address this question if you hit the ball, okay?”
“Barack Obama, born in the United States,” Colbert said as he mimed throwing a ball to Trump.
Trump, though, appearing very subdued throughout the entire interview, did not take the bait.
“I don’t talk about it anymore. I talk about jobs. I talk about our veterans being horribly treated – I just don’t discuss it anymore,” Trump said.
During his failed presidential campaign in 2012, Trump spread the false assertion that Obama was not born inside the United States.
Following the interview with Colbert, Trump took to Twitter to defend himself, and to remind people that Hillary Clinton was the one who actually started the “birther” movement.
Just remember, the birther movement was started by Hillary Clinton in 2008. She was all in!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2015
The Colbert interview saw Trump repeat his oft-stated idea that the United States needs to build a wall on the Mexican border in order to stop illegal immigrants from entering the country.
Colbert also thanked Trump for making his often controversial comments, because it consistently gives him something to talk about on air.
“I want to thank you, not only for being here, I want to thank you for running for president,” Colbert told Trump. “I’m not going to say this stuff writes itself, but you certainly do deliver it on time every day.”