Colbert says Trump is why he doesn't play satirical conservative character anymore
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"I'd have to actually somehow leapfrog how stupid he is," Colbert said in an interview with comedian Sarah Cooper, who is known for her Trump lip sync videos.

Cooper jokingly suggested that Colbert created Trump, referring to a 2012 Google Q&A he attended in which Colbert's conservative character was placed on a poster that read "America Again, re-becoming the greatness we never weren't."

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Colbert responded by saying he may have paved the way.

"I was merely evil John the Baptist showing the way to the savior of evil," he said.

Colbert's conservative character last made an appearance in 2016, when Trump was named GOP presidential nominee. 

"We’re both over-the-top TV personalities who decided to run for president," he said at the time.