Late-Night Hosts Skewer Trump Over Comey Firing
"He fired James Comey, the director of the FBI, which is kind of like O.J. [Simpson] firing Judge Ito halfway through the trial," said Jimmy Kimmel.
Jimmy Kimmel, Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert and James Corden were all stunned, but full of jokes, about Donald Trump firing FBI director James Comey, in the midst of the FBI investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
"He fired James Comey, the director of the FBI, which is kind of like O.J. [Simpson] firing Judge Ito halfway through the trial," said Kimmel on Tuesday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live! He added that this is the kind of thing dictators do, as well as reality TV hosts. "Maybe that's what happened. He thinks he's still on The Celebrity Apprentice."
The Trump administration said one of the reasons he fired Comey is because he "mishandled" the Hillary Clinton email controversy. "Which is hilarious because that would mean Trump fired James Comey for making him president," said Kimmel. "He really does hate doing this job.”
Kimmel offered to sell "Comey Is My Homey" T-shirts to any Americans "angry about this shameful and disgraceful move."
"Wow, Trump fired the FBI director! Like, you can't just fire the FBI director," said Trevor Noah on The Daily Show. "I mean if he's gone, who's going to investigate Russia's ties to — ohh." He tapped his head as if he was having a light- bulb moment about why Trump would fire the man investigating him.
"I know we said Donald Trump was an African dictator," said Noah, adding that even Africans are watching this in shock going, "Donald Trump does not f— around."
He called it a "blockbuster" and said Trump's explanation for why he fired Comey is a "masterstroke."
“This is insane," said Noah with a giant smile on his face. "Do you understand the excuse Trump is giving? Trump is basically saying he’s doing this because of what Comey did to Hillary. That is the most gangster excuse. "
"Basically Trump is going, ‘I’m doing this to clear my good friend, Crooked Hillary. Because James Comey, folks, Comey clearly just wanted to 'lock her up, lock her up, lock her up,'" continued Noah.
On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert said Trump firing Comey "shows no gratitude at all."
"Thanks for the presidency, Jimmy," he said, impersonating Trump. "Don't let the door hit ya where the Electoral College split ya."
Colbert said that his pulse is racing. "He fired the FBI director who has said under oath that he's investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russia."
“We’ll have more on this tomorrow when they scramble to cover the whole thing up," said Colbert.
On The Late Late Show, James Corden said Comey's firing made him nostalgic.
"Remember two years ago when we all made jokes about if Trump ever became president he’d be like, ‘You’re fired. You’re fired. You’re fired'?" said Corden, laughing uncomfortably. "They were good times."
Corden joked he's worried that this situation puts Trump in a bind because "he doesn’t have enough kids to fill the vacancy."
While people are trying to guess the real reason Comey has been fired, Corden said his theory is that it's because "Donald Trump is crazy!"