Speed Reads

Late Night Tackles 2020

Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers think Trump doth protest too much about his poll numbers

"I don't know if any of you have noticed this, but some people don't like Donald Trump," Stephen Colbert said on Wednesday's Late Show, pointing to a new Quinnipiac poll in which Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden leads the president by 13 points. "That is a lead so big, it's ready for its bar mitzvah — and it's not just Biden," he said. All major Democrats beat Trump. "Right now, the sitting president of the United States, the commander in chief, the leader of the free worlds, is trailing the mayor of South Bend, Indiana."

"But Trump is not concerned," Colbert said, reading Trump's tweets about the "Fake News" media's "new weapon of choice," "Fake Polling," and how leaked internal poll numbers are "Fake numbers." He pulled a face: "Let me get this straight: So they suppress numbers, but first they made up the numbers, and the numbers don't even exist. Can you imagine Trump giving an alibi?" He gave it a try. "So the polls look bad for Trump, but I don't know, can I trust them?" Colbert asked, dramatically. "I've been hurt before. ... Dare I love again? Who am I kidding. I can't stay mad at you, polls — you had me at 'Trump's losing.'"

"Trump's poll numbers in key states are apparently so bad, he's told his aides to straight-up pretend they don't exist," Seth Meyers said at Late Night. "I wouldn't be surprised if they were making up new states just to cheer him up." And "today, during a meeting in the Oval Office, Trump doubled down on his lie about polling, but it was especially gross because he did it during a meeting with the president of Poland, where there's growing concern over the decline of democratic institutions," Meyer said. "The nicest thing you can say about Trump is that he always makes it obvious when he's lying." And that probably was the nicest thing he said about Trump. Watch below. Peter Weber