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Late Night Tackles Trump's Tweets

Samantha Bee puts a soundtrack to James Comey's testimony, torches Trump's terrorism tweeting

Late Night's Seth Meyers compared former FBI Director James Comey's recounted awkward, inappropriate conversations with President Trump to "a terrible Tinder date" and a fictitious Lifetime original movie, Suspicious Attraction. On Wednesday night's Full Frontal, Samantha Bee teased Comey's testimony with news anchors reading his prepared statement over sexy music interspersed with romantic images, in a clip titled "50 Shades of Comey."

Bee then turned to Trump's 140-character reactions to the London Bridge terrorist attack, specifically his odd critiques of London Mayor Sadiq Khan. "What is wrong with you?" Bee asked. "Were you just fulfilling your annual Ramadan tradition of hurling insults at grief-stricken Muslims named Khan?" After Trump's Twitter insults, "I wouldn't be surprised if the U.K. asks to take a break from our 'special relationship' and start seeing other countries," she said, noting pointedly how Britain and other NATO allies treated the U.S. after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Still, Bee said, Trump's insult-tweeting about terrorism isn't that surprising, given his morning TV habits. "Trump is the only senile old man in the world who's actually correct that the TV is talking to him, and as always, his favorite show has been serving a breakfast of scrambled Islamophobia," she said, imagining the explanation from the Fox & Friends gang: "As you know, if we don't spend half our hour stoking panic, Rupert Murdoch shocks our genitals."

For what it's worth, the White House says Trump's tweets about Khan are just Trump being Trump, Politico says. "One White House aide, without laughing, likened his fight last week with London's mayor the day after a terrorist attack to his long-running feud with Rosie O'Donnell." Bee ended with some constructive criticism, kind of. "You want to keep Americans safe, Mr. President?" she asked. Her solutions, like other parts of the clip, are NSFW. Watch below. Peter Weber