Late-night host Stephen Colbert jokingly threatened to sue President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE on Wednesday for “stealing” a bit about trusting your gut over other people’s brains.

Colbert said that the president ripped off his old bit from his former show, “The Colbert Report.”

“That quote about trusting your gut over the brains of experts reminded me of someone I used know,” Colbert said. “Me.”

Trump spoke with The Washington Post on Tuesday and tore into Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.


“I’m doing deals and I’m not being accommodated by the Fed,” Trump said. “They’re making a mistake because I have a gut, and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else’s brain can ever tell me.”

Colbert played a right-wing pundit on his previous show and made similar comments during "The Word" segment of its very first episode on Oct. 17, 2005.

“That’s where the truth comes from ladies and gentlemen — the gut,” Colbert said in the segment. “Do you know you have more nerve endings in your stomach than in your head? Look it up. Now somebody is gonna say, ‘I did look that up and it’s wrong.’ Well mister, that’s because you looked it up in a book.”

“Next time, try looking it up in your gut,” he added.

Colbert said Wednesday that the president stole his bit, calling it “clear copyright infringement.”

“He is stealing my anti-intellectual property,” Colbert joked. “So tonight, I am officially announcing that I am suing Donald J. Trump for stealing my old character.”

Colbert also mocked Trump’s legal team, saying he would need to hire a better lawyer than former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is representing the president in the special counsel investigation into Russian election interference.

Trump often brags about his intelligence, explaining to the Post why he has dismissed a report from federal scientists warning about the dire consequences of climate change.

“One of the problems that a lot of people like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence, but we’re not necessarily such believers,” Trump told the newspaper.

The president in January defended his mental fitness for office, calling himself a “very stable genius” and “like, really smart.”

“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart,” Trump tweeted.