8:42pm PT by Lauren Huff
Late-Night Hosts Blast Trump's Vulgar Immigration Remarks
Late-night hosts took President Trump to task for comments he made Thursday. During a meeting with lawmakers about a proposed bipartisan deal on immigration, the president reportedly questioned why the United States would want to admit more people from "shithole countries."
The deal would have changed rules affecting immigrants from Africa and Haiti.
The Daily Show's Trevor Noah, who hails from South Africa, said he was offended by the remarks.
"I don't know how to break this to you, but I think the president might be racist," he said. "And, you know, as someone who is from South Shithole, I'm offended, Mr. President."
Noah added: "Because not only does he think brown countries are shitholes, he thinks what, we're never going to know what he said? I mean, don't get me wrong, it may take a few weeks, but as soon as the news donkey reaches our village, we'll be so mad!"
Over on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Kimmel attempted to make some sense of the comments. "Well listen, I’m sure the fact that the countries he described as 'shitholes' are mostly populated by people of color — and the immigrants he wants from Norway are not — is a coincidence," he joked. "Because if it wasn’t, it would mean we voted for a racist. Like, a real one. And we’d have to get pitchforks and chase him out of the White House."
Kimmel also expressed surprise that the White House did not deny the president's remarks. "They just tried to spin it. It really is unfathomable," he said, adding, "You just can’t believe that this is the guy running our country."
The host also explained the "only silver lining" of the situation: getting to hear CNN's Wolf Blitzer say "S hole" all day to avoid the censors.
"What an S hole," Kimmel cracked. "So — anyway — thanks, Vlad Putin. You really got us good."
The Late Show's Stephen Colbert pulled no punches in his opening monologue. "Sir, they're not shithole countries. For one, Donald Trump is not their president," he said.
With regards to reports that Trump suggested the government should try to get more immigrants from countries such as Norway instead, Colbert joked, in character as Trump, "People with blond hair who need a lot of sunscreen. You get what I'm saying? I'm saying I'm a racist."
On Late Night, the president's comments prompted host Seth Meyers to create a new segment titled "Seth Has to Walk Away for a Minute." The segment featured Meyers walking mostly off-camera and away from his desk, muttering to himself incredulously, "I don't ... I just ... I mean, at what point, at what point ... do you just have some common decency? Some human emotion?"
During his "A Closer Look" segment, Meyers again referenced the president's remarks. "To be fair, maybe he meant it as a compliment. After all, Trump does all of his best tweets while sitting on the shithole," he joked. He ended the bit by saying the national mood can be summed up with three words: "Please kill me."
On Comedy Central's The Opposition With Jordan Klepper, the host opened the show by taking aim at the backlash the president was receiving.
"President Trump is under fire for speaking the truth on immigration," Klepper said before recapping a report on Trump's "shithole" comment, adding, "Now that's how you speak truth to powerlessness. Trump went on to say we should welcome more immigrants from places like Norway. Now I know what you're thinking: What do Norwegians have that Haitians and Africans don't? It's simple. They're all white (pause) -knuckle enthusiasts about making America great again."
On Friday, Trump posted a tweet in which he indicated that he didn't say "shithole countries" and later added that he "never said anything derogatory about Haitians."
The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
Jan. 12, 5:53 a.m. This story has been updated with Trump's Friday morning tweets disputing claims that he referred to certain areas as "shithole countries."
Jan. 12, 7:45 a.m. This story has been updated with a clip from Jordan Klepper's The Opposition.
Hilary Lewis contributed to this report.