Comedian Stephen Colbert says there's something "appealing" about GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE's anti-establishment candidacy for the White House.

“There’s a populism to Trump that I found very appealing,” Colbert told CBS's "Face the Nation" for an interview airing Sunday. “The party elders would like him to go away, but the people have decided that he is not going to."


"The Late Show" host said he didn't agree with the Republican's policies, but acknowledged his ability to get the attention of voters.

“I may disagree with anything that he’s saying and think that his proposals are a little, well, more than a little shocking,” said Colbert. “But there is something really hopeful about the fact that, well, 36 percent of the likely voters want him to win, so the people in the machine don’t get to say otherwise.”

“That’s the one saving grace, I think, of his candidacy,” he added.

Colbert, who previously said there was no chance Trump could win, acknowledged that the billionaire businessman could surprise political watchers.

“What I do respect is that he knows it is an emotional appeal,” Colbert said. “And it might be emotional appeals that I can’t respect, but he knows that you have to appeal to the voter.

“And that’s why I may be wrong — I made a big deal about there’s no way he’s gonna win,” he added.