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Late Night Tackles President Trump

Stephen Colbert's Cartoon President Trump gets tweeting advice from the ghosts of Nixon and Lincoln

Nobody, presumably, was around early Saturday morning when President Trump set an unpredictable ball in motion with his tweets accusing former President Barack Obama of tapping his Trump Tower phone during the presidential campaign. So Stephen Colbert's Late Show took some liberties on Monday night, showing Cartoon President Trump sitting in bed at Mar-a-Lago, becoming enraged at the news of his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, recusing himself from any Trump-Russia investigations. "Time for my most tremendous tweet storm yet!" Cartoon Trump growled, but he was bereft of material until the ghost of Richard Nixon appeared. "President Nixon — I'm so glad you're here, Tricky," he said. "I'm starting to get real scared."

Nixon's cartoon ghost advised Trump to "flip the script," then planted the Obama wiretapping seed. Trump's better angel — the ghost of Abraham Lincoln — stepped in to chasten Nixon and get Trump to reconsider. And he might have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for that pesky surprise guest at the end. Watch. Peter Weber