After President Donald Trump attempted to clarify his muddled remarks about Russia using the “double-negative” reasoning, late-night host Stephen Colbert tackled the problem in a comedic way on The Late Show on Wednesday night.
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Using revived animated educational show Schoolhouse Rock, Colbert tried to explain, in detail, the concept of the double negative. Put to a jaunty tune, the lyrics also criticized Trump’s relationships with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Double negative, what’s your function?/A desperate way to not side with the Russians/
Double negative, how’s that function?/ Confusing the people with sentence construction.”
“When you say something positive that’s horribly negative, add a little negative to make it positive!/For instance, ‘the president isn’t in Putin’s pocket; the president isn’t not in Putin’s pocket.’/Let’s try it again: ‘The president wasn’t owned by Kim Jong-un; the president wasn’t owned by Kim Jong-un… not.’/Or how about, ‘The president isn’t trustworthy.’ Well, let’s just let that one stand.”
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The segment ended with one last double-negative dig at Trump: “Trump can’t never won’t tell the truth.”
(Check out the hilarious segment in the video, top.)
You can watch ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ weeknights on Global TV at 11:35 p.m. ET.