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Following President Donald Trump’s Tuesday visit to Puerto Rico, late-night hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert dedicated the opening monologues of their respected shows to taking jabs at Trump’s comments and actions while surveying the damage caused by Hurricane Maria.
Kimmel was quick to comment on the first lady joining the president. “He brought his wife Melania along, in case they encounter a situation that requires showing concern for other human beings,” the ABC late-night host joked.
Kimmel also reminded viewers of Trump’s recent comment about Puerto Ricans wanting “everything to be done for them,” adding, “Says the guy whose never carried a piece of luggage in his entire life.”
Kimmel also took jabs at Trump’s comments during a news conference that took place Tuesday morning. During the conference, Trump stated that Puerto Rico has “thrown our budget a little out of whack.” Kimmel ridiculed: “Oh yeah. Next time you allow a storm to ravage your island, please think about — we’re not made out of money — think about the cost. He really puts the ‘ass’ in compassion, doesn’t he?”
The late-night host continued his monologue by playing a video showcasing Trump speaking with Puerto Rican locals describing the damage they endured. “It’s a hurricane, not a pool party,” joked Kimmel of the president’s small talk, during which the president told people to “have a good time.” Kimmel then proceed to show a clip of Trump throwing supplies at the crowd in the hurricane relief center.
“He seems like he’s running the T-shirt cannon at a Clippers game. What is he doing? Who does that? What planet is this man from? The Brawny paper towel guy would know better than to do that,” Kimmel jeered.
Ending his monologue, Kimmel proceeded to play a montage of clips of Trump expressing the positive response he has heard of the work he and Congress have achieved in Hurricane relief efforts.
“It’s amazing how he can get those tiny hands around his back to pat it,” Kimmel said, unable to refrain from laughing. Encouraging everyone to donate to relief efforts, Kimmel warned, “Please make sure they have all the paper toweling they need at this difficult time.”
Like Kimmel, Colbert also took some jabs at Trump’s Puerto Rico visit.
“Today it’s 13 days after Hurricane Maria, yet another disaster struck Puerto Rico. Donald Trump visited the island,” Colbert joked to his laughing Late Show audience.
Colbert then joked of the “positive” words Trump had to say about Puerto Rico, as he expressed his love for the U.S. territory and described their weather as “second to none.” Although Trump did say, “Every once in awhile you get hit and you really got hit. No question about it.”
“That is Trump-splaining at its best,” Colbert joked. Colbert proceeded to imitate the president, saying, “You guys knew you were on an island, surrounded by salty water. Big, wet, salty delicious. You’re not supposed to drink it. Just a little tip.”
Colbert also responded to Trump’s budget comment. “The budget is ‘out of whack?’ That’s like a fireman rescuing you from a burning building and saying, ‘You do understand what our water bill is going to be, right?'”
Similar to Kimmel, Colbert poked fun at Trump’s “small talk” with locals. “You’re at a disaster site. You’re not working a casino,” Colbert said.
After showing clips of Trump at the relief center, Colbert was quick to quip about Trump’s manner of delivering supplies.
“After that he went to a hospital and distributed antibiotics with a T-shirt cannon.” Responding to a clip showing Trump handing out flashlights while saying ‘You don’t need them anymore,” Colbert yelled, “95 percent of the island doesn’t have electricity!”
Colbert saved perhaps his harshest criticism for Trump being unable to comprehend why a woman would drink water cleaned using water purification tablets. “Yes, she’d drink it because it’s the only water she has,” Colbert argued. “Just like she’s only talking to you because you’re the only president we’ve got. She doesn’t have a choice. She wishes the president wasn’t so dirty.”
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