Stephen Colbert is not just one of America's most prominent political comedians and the host of one of the most-watched late night shows on television. He is also a Catholic. So, it came as no surprise that on Thursday night's episode of CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," the host felt compelled to weigh on the controversy surrounding Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump and Pope Francis.
Describing himself as "America's foremost Catholic," Colbert devoted part of his monologue to an attempt to "broker peace" between Trump and the Pope, who became entrenched in a media feud with each other Thursday.
"Is it possible you guys are fighting because you have so much in common?" Colbert asked. "You both think you are infallible, you both sit on golden thrones and you both wear very silly things on your head!" Those last two jabs were a shot at Trump's famous golden toilet in his Boeing 757 and his trademark hair, which Colbert equates to the papal throne in the Vatican and the Pope's mitre, respectively.
The war of words between Trump and Pope Francis began after the Pope criticized the candidate's plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
"A person who thinks only about building walls — wherever they may be — and not building bridges, is not Christian," Francis said in response to a reporter's question Thursday.
Trump was quick to fire back with a statement to the press, reading, "If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been president because this would not have happened." Trump also claimed that for the pope to question Trump's faith was inappropriate for a religious leader.
Colbert took a shot at the Pope as well, hinting that there may be some hypocrisy in the Pope's criticism of Trump's proposed wall.
"I wonder where [Trump] could have gotten a crazy idea like that," joked Colbert, "maybe, the Vatican?"
Watch Stephen Colbert weigh in on Donald Trump and the Pope below:
The pope had been on a visit to Mexico when the feud with Trump broke Thursday. The subsequent media firestorm has given Trump a lot of free press in the final days before a very important primary in South Carolina Saturday. Trump still holds a slight lead in the polls, but is fighting to stay above surging rivals Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.