Late night tackles the Nunes Memo
"President Trump was in a really, really good mood today, even though his beloved stock market took a knee," Trevor Noah said on Monday's Daily Show, so it was disconcerting when he casually accused Democrats of "treason" for not clapping at his State of the Union. "Treason? You realize you can get the death penalty for that," Noah said. "Like, even Ivan the Terrible would be like, 'You killed them for what? Bad vibes?'"
Trump's happy because, he claims, the Nunes memo totally vindicates him in the Russia investigation, "Now, to be fair, he doesn't say which 'Trump' is vindicated — Tiffany could be totally innocent here," Noah said. But "unlike Trump, some Republicans in Congress actually read the memo," and they don't agree with his assessment.
"Here's the thing: If you're truly devoted to the Church of Trump, then you know that the memo's true reason for being is to discredit the FBI," Noah said. "Which is why the words of the memo mean much less than the spirit of the memo." Nobody understands that better than "Trump's archbishop of bulls--t," Sean Hannity, who continued acting "like this memo is everything megafans hoped for" even when it turned out "the memo was a dud."
"The lefty media is calling it a dud," Jordan Klepper sighed on The Opposition, and since GOP "backstabbers" agree, "I guess that's it: The memo failed." But when "the liberals" were fooled into tuning out, Klepper explained why the memo was actually "a huge success."
"There are only two courts that matter: food and public opinion — and this memo is dominating the court of public opinion," Klepper said. Rep. Devin Nunes is promising five more memos and the Democrats have their own memo. "Have I said 'memo' enough times for you to forget that Donald Trump is suspected of collusion?" he asked. "Good! That's the whole point. But why stop at memos? ... I bet Devin Nunes has a Post-It note somewhere that we can milk for weeks." Peter Weber