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In audio obtained by The Washington Post and published on Jan. 3, President Donald Trump urged Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to alter the outcome of the 2020 election in a bombshell recording of a phone conversation.
Late night hosts Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, James Corden, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel broke out their Trump impressions on Monday night to blast the president for his “desperate attempts to steal the election.”
In the leaked recording, Trump urged his fellow Republican Raffensperger to “find 11,780 votes” to overturn his defeat. Throughout the call, Trump was adamant that he won Georgia in the 2020 election by “hundreds of thousands of votes,” despite Raffensperger insisting that the president was mistaken.
“Turns out 2020 is dropping some bonus tracks,” Stephen Colbert joked of the recording, as the host returned for The Late Show‘s first monologue of 2021.
“This call is like if Watergate and the Ukraine scandal had a baby that they made on the Access Hollywood bus,” Colbert said.
Colbert went on to break down the most significant parts of the incriminating phone recording, from the president’s conspiracy theories to his tactics of flattery and extortion.
Colbert also offered up a cold open featuring a parody of Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You,'” with lyrics like “I just called to kill democracy,” over photos of Trump on the phone.
On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the show opened its segment by playing the recording itself, set to a video of Trump’s head photoshopped onto the body of a toddler, throwing a tantrum while mini-golfing.
Kimmel — who’s filming his show back at home due to coronavirus surges in Los Angeles — first called out Trump for his neglect of the seriousness of COVID-19 spikes, specifically in Southern California.
As for Trump’s call to Raffensperger, Kimmel said he listened to the entire hour-long conversation twice.
“I listened to the whole thing like it was a surprise Taylor Swift album,” Kimmel joked.
Jimmy Fallon returned to The Tonight Show stage with his own rundown of the president’s actions.
“Apparently, every January, Trump’s New Year’s resolution is to find a new way to get impeached,” Fallon said.
Fallon — like Colbert and James Corden of The Late Late Show — also continued his segment with a mock recording of the phone call, featuring an impersonation of Trump’s voice.
“You can’t let the Decepticons steal the election,” the mock recording said, in reference to Trump’s claims of fraudulent voting machines.
Like his fellow late night hosts, Seth Meyers blasted the Trump administration for their mismanagement of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and “botched vaccine rollout,” as they “[choose] instead to focus on their unhinged attempts to light our democracy on fire.”
In his latest “Closer Look” segment, Meyers compared the president to an “inveterate gambler begging his bookie to float him for one more race,” in addition to sounding “like he’s begging the waiter at a steakhouse to let him skate on the bill.”
In response to Trump’s claim that Republicans are going to vote negative, the Late Night host joked of a possible slogan for the president’s future campaign: “Vote Negative, Test Positive, Trump 2024.”
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