On Wednesday's Late Show, Stephen Colbert urged all coastal residents of the Carolinas to head inland before Hurricane Florence hits, even as President Trump assures them he's "ready for the big one that is coming!" In the same tweet, Trump doubled down on his self-praise for the "unappreciated great job" he did with last year's deadly Hurricane Maria on the "inaccessible island" of Puerto Rico. "Inaccessible?" Colbert asked. "People go there for spring break! It's not that island where they're hiding King Kong."
Trump also said that "in a certain way, the best job we did was Puerto Rico, but nobody would understand that." That's true, Colbert agreed. "It's just like it's hard to understand how, in a certain way, the Hindenburg crash was one of aviation's most spectacular landings. So, I just want to say if you're not evacuating the coast of the Carolinas, don't worry — Donald Trump is bragging he's prepared to make you the next Puerto Rico."
"I'm always suspicious of people who don't want to evacuate in an disaster," Trevor Noah said on The Daily Show. "I feel like there's a 50-50 shot they've got someone kidnapped in their basement." Still, "all hating aside, at least President Trump knows there's a storm coming, and it looks like he's planning to do his best," Noah said. "The only problem is, he thinks Puerto Rico is his best."
The warming climate means we can expect even more monster storms like Florence, Noah said. "But instead of trying to mitigate greenhouse gasses, Trump is just throwing more fuel on this 'tremendously wet' fire. ... So, the bad news is Hurricane Florence could be one of the worst natural disasters America has ever faced, and we have a president who's proven he's not great at handling natural disasters. The good news is, thanks to that president's climate change policies, he'll get a lot more disasters to practice on." Peter Weber