Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertColbert: Trump era 'almost like a spell was being cast' on the American people Charlamagne Tha God to host late-night Comedy Central show Late-night show hosts slam Tennessee's vaccine policies MORE says the Trump era was so odd and bizarre that it almost seemed as if some sorcery was at play.

“Like everybody else in America we were being so swamped by all the strangeness and the weirdness — it’s almost like a spell was being cast over people,” the CBS "Late Show" host told Variety in a profile published Wednesday.

“It felt personally offensive and personally assaultive to me," Colbert, a frequent and vocal critic of the previous administration, said of Trump's presidency.


"It was a common feeling in the [‘Late Show’] building, and we trusted that it was a common feeling out there in the world. And we backed the right horse," added Colbert, 57.

The 45th president, Colbert told the magazine, "Played a very complex game of psychology on the American people that damn near worked. Every so often it would come up in the writers’ room. We would need to metaphorically pull the car over and everybody get out to go throw up in a ditch and get our breath back and realize how insane today was. Because you’d become inured to it."

"And part of the job was to not develop a callus. That was a big part of it," the comedian said.

Colbert, who said in 2018 that Trump "scared" him and that the then-commander in chief and his followers were "creating a bonfire of vanity in which they're fueling with standards and norms of great American institutions," decried in his Variety interview what he described as gaslighting the U.S. public.

“The firehose of misinformation or disinformation and the attempts to make all of us feel crazy by thinking that this was crazy gave us a very interesting place to stand. We finally came to the realization that we knew exactly where we wanted to stand — on dry land," Colbert said. "Because the rising tide of the administration’s mendacity made it very clear that the only thing left for us to do was to say, ‘No, no, no. That’s not true. No, we’re not crazy. They’re crazy for saying that.’”


Asked about his "Late Show" future, Colbert — who succeeded David Letterman at the late-night TV staple in 2015 — said he's "having a really good time."

“I am more excited about continuing to do this show now than I was a month ago. I feel like I could do the show for 10 years," he said. "But call me in a week. Because it changes.”

“We’re now emerging into this new world that we can’t make any predictions about. I want to see what the next couple of years are like,” he said. “If they’re what I think they’re going to be like, I think I’ve got one of the greatest jobs on the planet.”