Trump’s Baffling Popularity With Conservative Base Explained By Bill Clinton (Video)

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On Tuesday’s episode of The Late Show, President Clinton, who was once referred to by President Obama as the “Secretary of Explaining Stuff,” told Stephen Colbert why Trump’s polling numbers are so impressive, “Because he’s a master brander. And he’s the most interesting character out there.”

Clinton continued, “And because he says something that overrides the ideological differences. If you look at the first debate, a lot of those guys were competing for who could be the most politically correct on the answers. Trump says, ‘OK, I’ve supported Democrats; I’ve supported Republicans. Yeah, I used to be friends with Bill Clinton – who cares? I run things, and I build things. And you need somebody who’ll go in there and fix it. And if they don’t let me fix it, I’ll just get them out of the way.'”

While Clinton admitted The Donald’s campaign “may have a short half-life,” he pointed out the benefit of Trump’s “macho appeal” to an average voter by saying, “I’m just sick of nothing happening. I make things happen. Vote for me.”

Clinton also put the kibosh on rumors that he urged Trump to run for the White House, “No. I get credit for doing a lot of things I didn’t do like that. His daughter told my daughter that he had tried to call me, and I didn’t get the message. So I simply called him back. And I don’t know whether he’d ever intended to discuss this with me or not … I think by the time I got him back, he’d forgotten why he called me in the first place … Had a very pleasant conversation with him, and it wasn’t about running for office. So I missed the chance.”

The former Commander-in-Chief addressed the appeal of Hillary’s popular competitor, Bernie Sanders, “There are a lot of people all over the world who … think the system is rigged against them and the rich get all the gains. And in America, a lot of them believe that Republicans reward people who go the furthest to the right, so the Democrats would be even more effective if they move further to the left.”

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