If YouTube views were votes, Stephen Colbert would still lose to Donald Trump. But Thursday night, he declared victory over the president.

Stephen Colbert celebrates attack by President Trump on “The Late Show.” Image via YouTube.com
Two days later, “The Late Show” monologue was nearing 5 million views on his official channel.

“The president of the United States has personally come after me and my show, and there’s only one thing to say,” Colbert said. “Hee-hee-hee-hee-hee! Yay!”

“Mr. Trump, there’s a lot you don’t understand, but I never thought one of those things would be show business. Don’t you know I’ve been trying for a year to get you to say my name? And you were very restrained, admirably restrained, but now you did it. I won.”

The commander in chief had finally made his thoughts known Monday.

“You see a no-talent guy like Colbert. There’s nothing funny about what he says,” Trump said. “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. 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. 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.”

Colbert’s response included the fact-check that “low-energy” Jeb Bush’s appearance had higher ratings.

But Colbert had an idea for Trump.

“Since all of my success is clearly based on talking about you,” Colbert said, “if you really want to take me down, there’s an obvious way: resign.”

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