7:57pm PT by Patrick Shanley, Katherine Schaffstall
Late-Night Hosts Launch Fresh Attacks on Trump Administration Over Child Separation Policy
For the second night in a row, late-night hosts took issue with Donald Trump's administration's controversial "zero tolerance" policy that has led to the separation of children from the parents of illegal immigrants.
"When it comes to the news, let’s face it: we don’t want to face it,” Late Show host Stephen Colbert said in his monologue Tuesday night.
"There are two ways to look at this story: either you can be horrified or you can work for Donald Trump,” Colbert added.
Speaking on reports that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn’t want to speak about the policy during a press briefing earlier on Tuesday, Colbert said, “Sarah, you think you don’t want to talk about child separation policy? Try doing it on a comedy show … Listen up, you don’t get to tag out here, Sarah, because it’s not really you up there. You’re just Donald Trump’s mouthpiece, or whatever part the lies come out of.”
In addition to the outrage levied at the Trump administration, others have taken issue with Fox News' coverage of the policy. Fox News host Laura Ingraham came under fire for referring to holding centers for the separated children as "summer camps."
"What kind of freaky-ass summer camps does she go to?" Daily Show host Trevor Noah asked after showing a clip of Ingraham. "Was her family just dropping her off every June at state prison?"
Jimmy Kimmel, on the other hand, targeted Trump himself, mocking the president's Tuesday morning tweet that "Democrats are the problem" and that there are "obsolete & nasty laws" to blame for child separation, not his administration.
"Since when did Donald Trump start caring about laws?" he asked. "There’s also a law against starting a fake university," he said, referring to the aggrieved Trump University.
After noting that even Melania Trump opposes child separation, Kimmel joked, "Partly because it makes her jealous. 'Why can’t I get separated from this family?' ”
Jimmy Fallon discussed the 22 state attorney generals that are fighting for an end to the policy. "Officials from 22 states demanded that Trump stop separating immigrant families," he said. "When Trump heard that he was like, 'Crap, that's every state."'
Seth Meyers called out Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen on Late Night after she dismissed demands that Trump end the policy that separates immigrant families.Her response was, "Congress can fix this tomorrow."
"Really?" asked Meyers. "Have you met Congress? They're still finalizing the Louisiana Purchase."
The host then referenced Trump's tweet from Tuesday that read, "If you don't have borders, you don't have a country!" Meyers responded, "And if you don't have a country, you can't have a president, so we did it. We got rid of him."