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Stephen Colbert perfectly captures how many Americans feel about Donald Trump's rise

When Donald Trump first announced his candidacy, the response was largely jokes and laughs. "This guy could never be the Republican nominee," many people thought.

Today, many are laughing in a different way — more nervously.

On his show Wednesday, Stephen Colbert captured that transition in a one-minute video, showing a brief history of laughing at Trump. It goes from Colbert genuinely laughing at a candidate who was supposed to be a joke to Colbert laughing hysterically, wearing a straitjacket.

Say what you will about Trump's racist and misogynistic comments, but the candidate clearly defied expectations — in a way that has probably made a lot of people feel just a bit crazy.

Bonus Colbert: Later on his show, Colbert also paid a Hunger Games–style tribute to Ted Cruz and John Kasich, the last two candidates to surrender to Trump in the Republican race. Watch that below:

Watch: Donald Trump's rise is a scary moment in America