Speed Reads

Late Night Tackles President Trump

Trump keeps griping about late-night hosts, and Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel have specific critiques

Stephen Colbert noted on Thursday's Late Show that former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (Texas) just became the umpteenth Democrat to enter the 2020 presidential race. "He did not get into a lot of specifics" on his first day campaigning, he said, but "we did get a sneak peak at his renewable energy plan: Generating electricity from the wind given off by his hand gestures."

Colbert noted that Thursday, for the second day running, Trump got up early "and complained about the late night talk shows," and he had some critiques of Trump's latest tweet. "First of all, sir, three 'very weak and untalented late night hosts'? It's not just 11:30 on network anymore. James Corden, Seth Meyers, Sam Bee, Trevor Noah, Conan, Desus and Mero are just as weak and as untalented as me and the double Jim-Jims. I mean, for Pete's sake, John Oliver is so weak he has to wear a hidden whale-bone strut in his jacket just to hold up his giant British noggin."

Jimmy Kimmel also took issue with Trump's late-night tweet, joking on Kimmel Live: "I don't know why he would call Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers 'weak and untalented' — those guys are friends of mine and I think that's rude." Also, Trump's "idea of us fighting over table scraps?" he said. "It's more like a Hometown Buffet in hell. It's like you get all the crab legs you can eat but you're never allowed to stop eating them. ... He wonders what we're going to do when he's not president anymore? I can't speak for anyone else; I know that I am going to Disneyland on that day."

Kimmel called the bipartisan Senate rebuke of Trump's "bogus" emergency declaration "the most embarrassing beating he's taken since Stormy Daniels got him with a magazine," called Trump's mockery of Beto's gesticulations proof that Trump is "jealous of adult, man-sized hands," and had a hearty laugh at old Pat Robertson's fake-half-Mexican critique of Beto: "He said the same thing when Lincoln ran for president." Peter Weber