Late Night Hosts Tackle Hillary Clinton's Pneumonia and "Basket of Deplorables" Comment

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“Let’s get right to the big news: Hillary Clinton has passed away,” said Samantha Bee. “She says she’s not dead, but as we know, she is a liar.”

On Monday, Trevor Noah, Samantha Bee, James Corden and Seth Meyers all talked about Hillary Clinton's rough weekend, including the revelation that she has pneumonia and the backlash from her comments about Donald Trump's supporters.

Noah joked that Hillary Clinton saying half of Trump's supporters were a "basket of deplorables" was a "Grandma slam."

"Hillary can't be running around the country insulting and generalizing about large groups of people," said Noah. "That's Trump's vibe." He said the correct term was "a duffel of dipshits."

Then, he moved on to Clinton's health, pointing out that one of the "biggest conspiracies going around right now is that Hillary Clinton is dying." Noah said that the conspiracy theorists think she's dying imminently, in a "Grim Reaper is wearing a Hillary shirt" kind of way.

The Daily Show host mocked the conspiracy theorists, but also criticized Clinton for not being transparent about her pneumonia diagnosis, which was revealed two days after the fact. He chastised her for coming out of Chelsea Clinton's apartment waving like everything was OK after she fainted at a 9/11 memorial service.

"Hillary doesn't look fine, she looks like she's just had brunch with Bill Cosby," said Noah, showing the widely circulated video of what appears to be Clinton stumbling as she gets into an SUV outside the 9/11 memorial. "Only because this video came out the Clinton campaign had to admit that something really was going on."

"This is the thing with the Clintons, it's not the things that they do that get them, it's the way they try and cover them up," he said.

Bee meanwhile returned from Full Frontal's hiatus and poked fun at Clinton's delayed revelation of pneumonia and the rumors of her having more serious health issues, “Let’s get right to the big news: Hillary Clinton has passed away."

"She says she’s not dead, but as we know she is a liar,” added Bee. 

Bee spoke about how Trump is starting to catch up to Clinton in the polls, calling it a "margin of terror" and addressed Clinton's "basket of deplorables" remarks.

"Did your team just decide, 'Hey, nothing else is working, why don’t we try insulting Americans into voting for her?' ” asked Bee. She quoted surveys about how many of Trump supporters think Obama wasn't born in the United States and how more than half think of immigrants as criminals.

"We're going to need a bigger basket," she said.

Corden said that Trump supporters want Clinton to "apologize and also explain what deplorable means."

He said that Clinton's stumble and announcement of pneumonia was a "scary moment" for Trump because "he was thinking, 'Oh God, I might actually have to be the president.' "

"Trump actually said, 'I just hope she gets well and gets back on the trail,' " said Corden. "Forget Hillary — is Trump OK?"

Meyers, meanwhile, took Clinton to task for her "deplorables" comments in a segment entitled, "Hey!"

"You couldn't think of an insult that made you sound like a richer, whiter lady?" asked Meyers, joking that "basket of deplorables" sounds like what people call the bargain bin at Neiman Marcus. 

"Don't bring a Vera Wang shrimp fork to a knife fight," the Late Night host said. He talked about how an unfair double standard exists in this election, comparing Trump to Ferris Bueller and Clinton to Ferris' older sister Jeanie. He explained, Trump can do whatever he wants, but Hillary should "know better."

"You have to rest," Meyers said to Clinton, adding that "basket of deplorables" is what "you say when you have pneumonia and give a speech."