White House Correspondents' Dinner: Larry Wilmore's 5 Biggest Targets
'The Nightly Show' host took on CNN, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, President Barack Obama and more during his speech.
Larry Wilmore took on Washington and its reporters in his remarks at Saturday's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner.
The Nightly Show host immediately took on Fox News, CNN, President Barack Obama himself and, of course Donald Trump. He also went after several news networks, including C-SPAN, the one that actually broadcasts the event, saying it "is the No. 1 network among people who died watching TV and no one's found them yet." But no one got targeted with more biting jokes than GOP candidate Ted Cruz.
Wilmore emceed the event following several late-night and Saturday Night Live veterans, including Cecily Strong, Joel McHale, Seth Meyers and Conan O'Brien. The host, who told The Hollywood Reporter that "it's a conundrum writing a Trump joke because he's such a caricature himself," had plenty to say about the GOP candidate.
Below are five of his speech's biggest targets.
Wilmore had a lot to say about CNN and Fox News. "Speaking of drones, how is Wolf Blitzer still on television?" He later added that he "used to watch CNN when it was a news network."
He also quipped: "Some of America's finest black journalists are here tonight. Don Lemon's here, too," "Alleged journalist Don Lemon, everybody!" Lemon, apparently not enjoying the joke about his journalistic integrity, was caught on camera giving Wilmore the finger.
Wilmore: "Man, everybody hates Ted Cruz. Even O.J. Simpson said, 'Man, that guy's just hard to like.'"
The host also got excited about the idea of Cruz as the Zodiac Killer, which he said was an impossibility because "some people actually liked the Zodiac Killer." Wilmore did say that Cruz had recently gotten a string of wins, but zero delegates in New York, "which is five more than I thought he would for the Zodiac Killer."
Another shot: "Recently Heidi Cruz revealed that after they got married, Ted bought them, like, a hundred cans of soup — not making yourself look less like the Zodiac Killer, Ted Cruz!"
After telling Obama to "stay in your own lane" because following his act was too hard, Wilmore pointed to how badly he was aging: "Your hair is so white, it tried to punch me at a Trump rally. The President's hair is so white, it keeps saying all lives matter."
"Donald Trump said if Hillary Clinton were a man, he didn't think she would get 5 percent of the vote. First of all, if Hillary Clinton were suddenly a man, her biggest problem would be finding a bathroom she'd be allowed to use in North Carolina," joked the host.
"He says he's going to try to be more presidential," Wilmore continued. "So now when he boasts about his genitalia during a debate, he's only going to refer to it as his President Johnson." He also said he loved how obsessed Trump was with the phrase "kid gloves," but he realized that "they're the only gloves that'll fit his stupid little baby hands."
One of most biting jabs of the night, which went along the overall theme of Wilmore's monologue, was aimed at Fox News. "Welcome to Negro Night, or as Fox News will report, 'Two thugs disrupt elegant dinner in Washington, D.C.'"
Watch Wilmore's full delivery below.