Stephen Colbert, Jordan Klepper Take On Trump, Gillibrand Twitter Feud
The 'Late Show' host called out Melania Trump, whereas 'The Opposition' star joked that the tweet was a sign of “political chivalry.”
A war of words has begun between President Donald Trump and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and late-night hosts Stephen Colbert and Jordan Klepper were ready to offer their own insight during the opening monologues of their respective shows Tuesday night.
On Tuesday, Trump wrote a suggestive tweet, calling out the senator after Gillibrand urged for the president’s resignation. “Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office 'begging' for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump," the president wrote. "Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!"
“That reminds me, Melania, how’s that anti-cyberbullying going?” Colbert was quick to quip, referencing what the first lady said would be her cause in the White House, when addressing the controversial tweet on The Late Show.
Colbert also mocked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ defense of blaming critics for having their “mind in the gutter” and interpreting the president’s tweet as a sexual innuendo. “Yeah, get your mind out of the gutter,” Colbert said as he imitated Sanders. “That’s disgusting. Now let’s go back to talking about Trump supporting a serial teen-squeezer.”
In an interview with NBC News’ Today on Wednesday morning, Gillibrand addressed Trump’s tweet, referring to his comments as a “sexist smear” intended to “silence” her.
Over on Comedy Central’s The Opposition, Klepper jokingly responded to Gillibrand’s defense. “Shhh! The president is not trying to silence you. Senator Gillibrand, you’re as wrong as a stop sign after midnight,” Klepper said.
To help “prove” his argument, Klepper enlisted help from citizen journalist Laura Grey. Grey began explaining how the tweet should be interpreted as “empowering” rather than as a sexual innuendo. “Do you hear that feminists? He is saying a woman could do anything. I thought that’s what you wanted. She might do calculus. She might fix a carburetor. She might suck a dick. But that’s not what Trump was thinking. That’s what you were thinking. You’re the pervert, perverts,” Grey joked.
Klepper and Grey also joked that of the five senators who spoke out against Trump, he only responded to the female senator, “because he cares.” “This is a classic example of political chivalry,” Grey argued, with Klepper adding, “The president took time out of his busy day to give a woman special treatment.”
Grey also emphasized how Trump has “thin skin” when it comes to women. “Yes. It feels like women are just trying to tie him to the bedpost of accountability, pull out the riding crop of public opinion and whip his big old ass until he cries out, ‘Oh, mama,'” Klepper joked, only for Grey to tell him to ease up on the “dry political rhetoric.”
Trump’s tweet has only further emboldened Gillibrand to stand by her statement, adding on Wednesday's Today that she believes the sexual misconduct allegations against the president.
“I’ve heard the testimony of many women, numerous accusers, I believe them, and he should resign for that,” Gillibrand said. The New York senator also explained how she finds his behavior “unacceptable” for that of a president. “The president says whatever he wants when he wants. I don’t think that level of discourse, however, is what this country wants. I think what he has done is unacceptable, and if you put that in the context of multiple accusers who have accused him of sexual assault and sexual harassment, that are credible, you need accountability. And I think what people do want is accountability and he should resign.”