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Trevor Noah and Seth Meyers are amused at Trump's hilariously un-self-aware 1st attack on Beto O'Rourke

"That's right, Beto O'Rourke is officially in the race" for the Democratic nomination, Trevor Noah said on Thursday's Daily Show. "And a lot of people are wondering: 'Why is Beto even running for president when he couldn't even beat Ted Cruz? I mean, he lost.' And I'm like, yeah, he lost, but he lost by a little bit, which is what people love. It's like Rocky or Cool Runnings or Bad News Bears. You see, humans are weird. If you win easily, people hate you — like Tom Brady. And if you lose by too much, we just think you suck. But if you lose by just a little bit, people are like, 'That's my guy!'"

"The big question whenever a new Democrat enters the race is: How is [President] Trump going to bully them?" Noah said. "And with Beto, the president wasted no time" — and he had a point. "Seriously, have you seen how much Beto O'Rourke uses his hands?" he asked. "That being said, Trump is the last person to mock someone for overusing their hands. I mean, every single Trump speech looks like he's conducting every orchestra in the world at the same time."

Some of the things Beto has been saying are also "a little weird," Seth Meyers said on Late Night. "In the run-up to 2020, we at Late Night, we're going to try really hard and we're going to ask ourselves: Would we make fun of Donald Trump if he said that?" So he read the Beto quote in Trump voice. "Yeah, no, Beto, that was [bleep] weird."

"And yet, as weird as Beto's launch has been so far, as always, Trump and his allies on Fox News have found a way to out-weird him," Meyers said. He showed Trump's dig, laughing: "I'm sorry, are you accusing someone else of having weird hand movements and acting crazy? Every time you do a press conference you look like you're playing an invisible accordion."

At The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon rolled out his Beto impersonation, and he seemed to find Trump's hand-gesture critique a source of inspiration. Watch below. Peter Weber