Friday, February 17, 2017

It is not nice to make fun of the mentally disabled ...

… but the late-night hosts made an exception for Donald Trump after his nutty press conference. The Washington Post reports the late-night reactions to ‘Words fail me’: Colbert and other late-night hosts skewer Trump’s news conference.

President Trump’s combative news conference on Thursday afternoon left some people speechless. “It’s kind of hard to characterize the press conference,” Stephen Colbert said on Thursday night’s “Late Show” on CBS. “Words fail me.”

However, he still managed to skewer the event, as did all the other late-night hosts — several of whom ripped up prepared jokes and pivoted once Trump’s news conference overtook the day’s headlines. Here are six things that Colbert, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Trevor Noah and James Corden all mocked:

  1. When Trump asked American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan “Are they friends of yours?” and “Do you want to set up the meeting?” after she asked if he planned to reach out to the Congressional Black Caucus.
  2. Trump’s claim that he had the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan, and when a reporter pointed out that is not true, Trump said: “I was given that information” and “I’ve seen that information around.”
  3. Trump’s agitation that a Jewish reporter asked him about anti-Semitism, instead of a “friendly” question, and how he responded: “I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life.”
  4. The fact that the news conference took over the day’s news — and was surreal.
  5. When Trump said the media would characterize the news conference as “Donald Trump rants and raves at the press,” then added, “I’m not ranting and raving.”
  6. How Trump loves “Fox & Friends.” (Even though some Fox News anchors weren’t so kind after the news conference.)

Note that you’ll have to go to the Washington Post’s report to see the quotes and video clips from the late night shows.

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