Stephen Colbert says he's found something 'very appealing' about Donald Trump's candidacy

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Stephen Colbert Says "There's a Populism to Trump That I Found Very Appealing"

Comedian Stephen Colbert might be adjusting his view on Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump's chances of success.

He told CBS' "Face the Nation" in an interview airing this Sunday that he "may be wrong" about Trump's candidacy not being viable.

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Colbert also named the one thing that he finds "appealing" about Trump's run for the Republican presidential nomination, saying it might be the "saving grace" of his campaign.

"There's a populism to Trump that I find very appealing," Colbert said. "And it's only this, is that the party elders would like him to go away. But the people have decided that he's not going to."

He continued: "I may disagree with anything that he's saying and think that his proposals are a little, well, more than a little shocking. But there is something really hopeful about the fact that, well, 36% of the likely voters want him, so the people in the machine don't get to say otherwise. That's the one saving grace, I think, of his candidacy."

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Supporters of Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump attend a rally at the Westgate Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 14, 2015. Trump will face off with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and six other main stage candidates at the GOP debate on December 15. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Westgate Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 14, 2015. Trump will face off with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and six other main stage candidates at the GOP debate on December 15. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 14: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters during a campaign rally at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino on December 14, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Donlad Trump is campaigning in Las Vegas a day ahead of the final GOP debate. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A protester's sign reads 'Dump Trump' during a campaign rally for Donald Trump, president and chief executive officer of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, not pictured, in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Trump and fellow candidate Ben Carson said Sunday that talk of a contested convention to select the Republican nominee violates terms of neutrality agreements they made with party leaders not to mount third-party campaigns. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Dressed as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Dante Ciccarone, right, and Georgie Ciccarone attend a rally for Trump, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 14: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino on December 14, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Donlad Trump is campaigning in Las Vegas a day ahead of the final GOP debate. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks at a rally, December 14, 2015 at the Westgate Hotel & Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Trump will face off with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and six other main stage candidates at tomorrow's GOP debate, hosted by CNN. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Trump supporters hold up a sign reading 'We Are The 68%' before Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump's rally, December 14, 2015 at the Westgate Hotel & Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. A recent USA Today poll shows 68% of Trump supporters would follow him if he left the GOP to make a third party run for the presidency. Trump will face off with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and six other main stage candidates at tomorrow's GOP debate, hosted by CNN. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Attendees listen during a campaign rally for Donald Trump, president and chief executive officer of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, not pictured, in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Trump and fellow candidate Ben Carson said Sunday that talk of a contested convention to select the Republican nominee violates terms of neutrality agreements they made with party leaders not to mount third-party campaigns. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Westgate Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 14, 2015. Trump will face off with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and six other main stage candidates at the GOP debate on December 15. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks at a rally, December 14, 2015 at the Westgate Hotel & Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Trump will face off with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and six other main stage candidates at tomorrow's GOP debate, hosted by CNN. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
A supporter of Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump holds up a sign as he attends a rally at the Westgate Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 14, 2015. Trump will face off with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and six other main stage candidates at the GOP debate on December 15. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump meets with people at a rally Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Colbert also acknowledged that he has a certain respect for how in tune Trump is with what voters want.

"What I do respect is that he knows that it is an emotional appeal. And it might be emotional appeals that I can't respect, but he knows that you have to appeal to the voter. And that's why I may be wrong. I made a big deal about, 'There's no way he's going to win,'" Colbert said.

"Again, I don't know anything about politics," he added.

Colbert has previously said that he didn't think Trump had a real shot at the presidency.

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In an October segment, Colbert addressed a photo of Trump, saying: "You're not going to be president. All right? It's been fun. It's been great. I love you. But come on, come on, buddy. ... There is zero chance we'll be seeing you being sworn in on the Capitol steps with your hand on a giant golden Bible."

Trump is now at the top of the polls among Republicans who are seeking their party's nomination, garnering 39% of the GOP vote in a CNN survey out Wednesday.

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