Watch Colbert deconstruct Trump's Puerto Rico death-toll conspiracy theory

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During his opening "Late Show" monologue Thursday night, Stephen Colbert took on President Trump's astonishing—even by Trump standards—tweets about the 2017 hurricane-related death toll in Puerto Rico. (The clip above—titled "This Tweet Trumps All Other Horrible Trump Tweets" for the show's YouTube channel—should automatically start at that portion of the monologue, but if not you can manually skip ahead to the 1:28 mark.)

"Now, you know, folks, if you watch the show," Colbert says, "we kid the president about being a terrible person. But... in reality, it is much worse." Colbert then goes on to read Trump's Thursday back-to-back tweets in which he claims that Democrats simply made up the Puerto Rico death toll to make Trump look bad:

Colbert, still doing his Trump impression, extrapolates from that "I love Puerto Rico!" closer by saying, "Yes, yes, you're my favorite bunch of lying, ungrateful fake dead people. I like Puerto Ricans who don't die!"

Colbert also notes that the final Puerto Rico death-toll statistic was actually released in August (see "Nearly a Year After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico Revises Death Toll to 2,975," from The New York Times), but "It had been pushed out of the front pages because of all the other bad news about Donald Trump. Then he brought it up again!" Colbert goes on to marvel at Trump's media strategy: "It's kind of like he was on trial for littering and said on the stand: 'I only threw that cup out of my window because I was distracted by the homeless man I ran over. Pretty sure he died of old age. OK? Democrats pushed him in front of my car.'"

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