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Late Night Tackles the Trump Administration

Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, and Trevor Noah say their bittersweet farewells to Anthony Scaramucci

Stephen Colbert was broken up on Monday's Late Show by the "breaking nooch" that President Trump had fired White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci after just 10 days on the job. "Yes, the Mooch is toast," Colbert said. "The front-stabber has been back-stabbed. He said he was going to fire everybody, and I gotta admit, he delivered." The list of the fired includes White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who was replaced by Gen. John Kelly, his "polar opposite," he said. "John Kelly has two first names, Reince Priebus has no recognizable names at all."

Kelly wanted Scaramucci gone, according to a White House source, because he wanted more structure and "less of Game of Thrones," Colbert said. "That's not a fair comparison. With Game of Thrones, you have to wait a whole week for a new beheading." Craziest of all, Trump began Monday tweeting about the lack of "chaos!" in his White House," he noted. "Evidently, 'no chaos' wasn't bragging, it was complaining."

On Monday's Daily Show, Trevor Noah began by rolling his eyes at Trump's "no chaos" tweet, then pointed out that Scaramucci was sacked before his job even officially started on Aug. 15. Our brief time with the Mooch "is like the song of the summer," Noah said. "Scaramucci came into our lives, made everyone obsessed with him for like a week, and then he left us with nothing but memories and, like, a bunch of weird moves."

Booting Priebus makes some sense, Noah said. "Trump bringing in Gen. Kelly will bring stability to himself. In a way it's like Trump is sending himself to boarding school." Still, he wondered, "why do they keep on bringing in new people as if we don't all know what the real problem is? It's like Donald Trump is a tornado and the White House keeps hiring new maids."

Noah ended his segment on Priebus' humiliation at Trump's hands, but Seth Meyers started there on Monday's Late Night. He also noted the abuse Scaramucci heaped on Priebus, publicly and privately, and Scaramucci's short tenure. "Even at his last job, Trump only fired one person a week," Meyers said. "At this point, getting fired is part of orientation." He moved on from the White House chaos to the dysfunction in Congress, focused on the GOP's "humiliating" ObamaCare-repeal defeat on Friday. You can watch more below, including some mildly NSFW language and why Meyers believes "C-SPAN needs better cameras." Peter Weber