You are never too old to learn about grammar.
Stephen Colbert felt compelled to give U.S. President Donald Trump an internationally televised English lesson on Wednesday’s episode of Global’s “The Late Show”.
This follows Trump’s clarification of a statement he gave during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He originally said, “I don’t see any reason why” Russia would have interfered in the 2016 presidential election, but later revealed he meant to say, “I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.”
Subsequently, Colbert took from the 1970s animated educational shorts “Schoolhouse Rock!” to teach the U.S. president about double negatives.
“Double negative, what’s your function?/ A desperate way to not side with the Russians,” the song opened. “Double negative, how’s that function?/ Confusing the people with sentence construction.”
The song also took jabs at Trump’s relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
“When you say something positive that’s horribly negative, add a little negative to make it positive!” the song explained. “For instance… ‘The president wasn’t owned by Kim Jong-un; the president wasn’t owned by Kim Jong-un…not.’ Or how about, ‘The president isn’t trustworthy.’ Well, let’s just let that one stand.”
The song concluded with one last haymaker: “Trump can’t never won’t tell the truth.”