- Share this article on Facebook
- Share this article on Twitter
- Share this article on Email
- Show additional share options
- Share this article on Print
- Share this article on Comment
- Share this article on Whatsapp
- Share this article on Linkedin
- Share this article on Reddit
- Share this article on Pinit
- Share this article on Tumblr
On the late-night talk shows Wednesday, it seemed like Donald Trump was all anyone was discussing.
The billionaire businessman turned presidential candidate scored a huge primary victory in Indiana on Tuesday, and with Ted Cruz and John Kasich dropping out in the wake of Trump’s win, Trump became the presumptive GOP nominee for the White House.
Some hosts used tongue-in-cheek sketches to poke fun at Trump, while others, such as Seth Meyers, seemed to have a more serious tone.
“How did they get to the point where they’re handing their nomination to a race-baiting, xenophobic, serial liar who peddles conspiracy theories and thinks the National Enquirer is a real newspaper? The answer: This is no accident,” the Late Night host said. “This is not a fluke. The Republican Party is the party of Donald Trump and has been for years.”
Meyers said the GOP better engage in some serious introspection now that Trump is the face of the party.
“At the end of the day, Republicans should do some soul searching about how they turn their party into the party of Donald Trump,” Meyers said. “The #StopTrump movement, for all its good intentions, was awkward. It was poorly organized.”
Daily Show host Trevor Noah said he did not know how to feel about Trump’s Indiana victory. While it did force Ted Cruz to drop out of the race, it also all but guaranteed the billionaire the party’s nomination.
“Yea? Is this a yea? I’m so conflicted,” Noah said. “I mean, Ted Cruz lost but because Donald Trump won. It’s like finding out your herpes is gone, but it’s because your dick fell off.”
Noah tried to put the stunning Trump realization into historical terms.
“The last time either major party nominated a total outsider, someone who had never held elected office, was Dwight D. Eisenhower,” he said. “And that only happened because he beat Hitler. So back then, you had to win World War II. Now you just have to win Twitter.”
Jimmy Fallon “celebrated” the Trump victory by doing his best impression of the former Apprentice host pretending to call President Obama after Indiana.
“Come November, I’m going to be voted Captain America,” Fallon’s Trump said on The Tonight Show.
Obama, played by Dion Flynn, warned the Trump character to cool his jets after some insults were thrown his way.
“Don’t make me go Lemonade on your ass,” Flynn’s Obama said, a reference to the recently released, much talked about Beyonce album. “‘Cause I will.”
Fallon’s Trump responded: “Watch it, you don’t want to mess with Donald with the good hair.”
Jimmy Kimmel used Trump’s former reality-star status to poke fun at him by means of a different show: Survivor.
Kimmel said that show is how Trump should pick his running mate for the GOP ticket. And of course Gary Busey was part of it.
Conan also had a laugh at the news, but he went about it by making fun of the previous candidates who ran against Trump for the GOP nomination.
“It’s been a long race. There were 16 candidates. I think we should take a moment and honor their departures,” Conan said.
With an in memoriam, Conan showed pictures of the candidates with funny reasons why they dropped out of the race. For instance, Scott Walker “got lost on his way to a debate” and Chris Christie “drowned in a chocolate river.”
Sign up for THR news straight to your inbox every day