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Stephen Colbert Goads Bill O'Reilly Into Big Admission About Trump

He conceded that the presumptive GOP nominee's Orlando response was "self-congratulatory."

"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert and guest Bill O'Reilly covered a lot of ground Monday night in the wake of the Orlando massacre -- from guns to the war on terror.

But it was an exchange on Donald Trump that provided O'Reilly's most surprising comment. The Fox News commentator conceded that the presumptive Republican nominee patted himself on the back in his response to Omar Mateen’s assault at Pulse nightclub that left 49 dead and 53 wounded.

Hours after the shooting, Trump wrote on social media that he appreciated the congratulations for "being right on radical Islamic terrorism."

At Colbert's suggestion that Trump's response was "self-congratulatory," O'Reilly responded, "Yes, it is. He's a politician. It shouldn't shock you."

Applause erupted when Colbert pointed out that it's grandstanding.

"He wants to be president," O'Reilly said. "He's using this terrorism issue to bolster his popularity."

"So he's making a political tool out of a terror attack," Colbert said.

Said O'Reilly: "That's what he's doing."

Check out the conversation above.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar,rampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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