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Trump’s quotes inspire Stephen Colbert to write a book to benefit hurricane relief efforts

President Trump at an Oval Office meeting prior to Hurricane Florence making landfall. Some of his comments in the storm’s aftermath will appear in “Whose Boat Is This Boat?
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President Trump at an Oval Office meeting prior to Hurricane Florence making landfall. Some of his comments in the storm’s aftermath will appear in “Whose Boat Is This Boat?

Stephen Colbert, who grew up in South Carolina, has announced an upcoming children’s book, on the order of John Oliver’s best-selling “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.”

Simon & Schuster will publish “Whose Boat Is This Boat? Comments That Don’t Help in the Aftermath of a Hurricane,” inspired by the moment Donald Trump told a North Carolina hurricane survivor, “At least you got a nice boat out of the deal.” The president was referring to a boat that had shipwrecked on the survivor’s property during the storm.

Actually, the book is by Donald Trump, kind of. Or as the cover reads, “by Donald Trump (by Accident).” “Whose Boat Is This Boat?” is a picture book whose text is made up entirely of quotes delivered by Trump in the wake of Hurricane Florence. “[Trump] made so many odd comments about that boat,” Colbert said on “The Late Show” Friday night, “that as a joke, we turned all of those comments into a children’s book made up entirely of quotes of Trump touring hurricane damage.”

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Colbert isn’t milking the tragedy for publishing money, by the way. In fact, all the proceeds will go to organizations helping the hurricane victims — The Foundation for the Carolinas, The One SC Fund, The North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund, and World Central Kitchen. “This way,” Colbert said, “Donald Trump’s comments about that boat are helping in spite of him.”

When does it go on sale? Nov. 6, of course, also known as midterm election day.