When Stephen Colbert began hosting his own show back in 2005, he was playing a character.
The "Stephen Colbert" of The Colbert Report was a puffed-up, right-wing, bile-spewing egomaniac who embodied everything loathsome about American politics.
When Colbert left both the show and the character behind to fill David Letterman's CBS time slot back in 2014, fans worried that no one else would be able to so deftly highlight the absurdity of political extremism in 21st Century America.
Little did we know the 2016 election held in store.
These days, your daily dose of "what in the actual f--k?!" is brought to you by the president himself, Cheeto Face McTeensyHands.
It feels like if you tune out even momentarily you miss another jaw-dropping example of Donald Trump proving he's woefully unqualified not only for the presidency, but for any position that requires regular participation in polite society.
This week's lowlight was Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, a move so blatantly corrupt that even the Richard Nixon Presidential Library has been getting its shots in.
But of all the people taking shots at Trump, it seems it's Colbert who's most effectively gotten under the president's Day-Glo skin.
Back on May 4, Colbert joked about the very friendly relationship between Trump and Vladimir Putin, and it seems Trump has spent the past week crafting his response.
As usual, he choose "unhinged ravings of a lunatic" as his medium:
"There’s nothing funny about what he says," Trump told Time magazine today.
"And what he says is filthy. And you have kids watching. And it only builds up my base. It only helps me, people like him. The guy was dying."
That's around the time when a remotely sane person would stop talking, but this id the President of the United States we're talking about!
"By the way they were going to take him off television, then he started attacking me and he started doing better. But his show was dying," Trump went on.
"I’ve done his show. … But when I did his show, which by the way was very highly rated. It was high highest rating. The highest rating he’s ever had."
Yes, apparently Donald Trump has delicate the sensibilities of a Southern belle and he just faints dead away at the utterance of the mildest profanity.
So next time Melania wants him to shut the hell up, she just play a tape of Donald's conversation with Billy Bush.