Stephen Colbert spent years of his life pretending to be a far right political pundit. But after lampooning politicians for so long, it seems like he left just a little too early, since Donald Trump’s Republican campaign seems like the type of thing the “Colbert Report” character would have dove right into.

In an interview with “Face the Nation,” Colbert actually winds up paying Trump a compliment. He calls Trump’s “populism,” and his ability to poll so high, “very appealing” and Trump’s “one saving grace” because of how much it’s throwing off the presidential race.

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“I may disagree with anything that he’s saying and think that his proposals are a little, well more than a little shocking,” Colbert says, “But there is something really hopeful about the fact that, well 36 percent of the likely voters want him,” and that the Republican Party will have to contend with him as a candidate — they can’t force the American people to like the politicians supported by their system.

“The party elders would like for him to go away, but the people have decided that he’s not going to,” Colbert explains. “He knows that you have to appeal to the voter.” He even admits that he might have initially been wrong, and that Trump might wind up winning a nomination.

Watch the rest of Colbert’s interview on “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Dec. 27 at 10:30 a.m. ET/PT.

Posted by:Kayla Hawkins