Speaking to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman in March 2021 ― a year after the first pandemic-related shutdowns in the United States ― the ex-president lamented that the virus left his Mar-a-Lago club empty at the time.
“COVID,” he told her in an interview for her new book. “Turns out, not good.”
Colbert was left flabbergasted.
“March of 2021, a year in, half a million Americans dead,” he said. “But what really sold this dingus on a pandemic not being ‘good’ was that he had to shut down his special clubhouse where well-to-do orthodontists clap for him as he eats chocolate cake.”
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.