STEPHEN COLBERT responded to the #firecolbert backlash last night by saying this:

"So at the end of that monologue I had a few choice insults for the president in return. I don't regret that. He, I believe, can take care of himself. I have jokes; he has the launch codes. So, it's a fair fight," Colbert said.

One of those insults on Monday night's show implied that Trump was taking part in a sexual act with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The funny thing is.....just like TRUMP getting attention during the campaign for the racy things he said, this will probably just pump up Colbert's ratings even more.  The fanfare around the backlash is just going to send more curious viewers to check out the hype.

Colbert finished his response by saying he "would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be."

But he added, "I'm not going to repeat the phrase, but I just want to say for the record, life is short, and anyone who expresses their love for another person, in their own way, is to me, an American hero. I think we can all agree on that. I hope even the president and I can agree on that. Nothing else. But, that."

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