Across the late-night dial, hosts took aim at President Donald Trump’s first official State of the Union address.
Stephen Colbert held a special live edition of his Late Show for the event, in which the host tackled Trump’s comments about the recent hurricane disaster in Puerto Rico, Colbert noted, “That will be a touching message for the people of Puerto Rico once they have electricity to turn on their TVs.”
Speaking of Trump’s boast that African-American unemployment is at an all-time low, Colbert quipped, “There was a time when African-American unemployment was at zero, but only half of Trump’s base wants to go back there.” The comment earned a groan from the audience. “What?” Colbert asked. “I said half.”
Over on Comedy Central, The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah and The Opposition‘s Jordan Klepper similarly were live following Trump’s address. In Noah’s opening monologue, the host pointed out that many Democratic politicians had boycotted the speech in protest of some of the president’s remarks and actions, including his reported “shithole” remarks. “In fact there were so many black women missing that Boko Haram tried to take credit for it,” Noah joked.
Noah also addressed the president’s comments on “Dreamers.” Trump said in the speech, “My duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans — to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American Dream. Because Americans are dreamers, too.”
Noah responded, “Damn. Did Trump just ‘All Lives Matter’ the Dreamers?” referring to the All Lives Matter movement that arose in response to Black Lives Matter.
“Forget everything you’ve just heard. For the last 30 minutes, this adorable man has been telling you dimpled lies,” Klepper said at the beginning of his show as he held up a picture of Noah. “The Daily Show is the past. This is The Opposition.”
Klepper opened his show discussing the “American dream” Trump referred to in his speech. “A new American moment. That’s what Trump is all about. Democrats like registered Republican Bob Mueller keep living in the past, investigating old, dusty evidence about who influenced what election. Not Trump. He never talks about the 2016 election.” Later adding, “Stop thinking about what Donald Trump did and wake up in a cold sweat thinking about all the things he’s about to do.”
Throughout Trump’s speech, Democrats visibly remained seated, refusing to stand and clap for the president. “Apparently, we need Obamacare back, because Democrat legs don’t work,” Klepper said. “Trump’s vision is like a T. rex. It’s based on applause.” Klepper also enlisted “citizen journalist” Tim Baltz to discuss how Trump’s speech was “too presidential.” Missing the blunt jargon Trump is known to have, Baltz proceeded to replay clips from Trump’s speech and alter them to “Rally Trump” talk.
The late-night host later took a moment to address Trump’s opposers, bringing out his trusty gaslight to further convince the audience.
“America was divided before Trump came into office. People were divided about Obama. Some people even said he wasn’t born here. Who said that?” Klepper quipped about Trump’s former argument regarding Obama’s citizenship. “What president hasn’t used Twitter to personally attack and demean their opponents. Lincoln was a mean sub-tweeter. That’s why Aaron Burr shot him…Trump didn’t divide you, you divided yourselves.”
On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the ABC host invited adult film actress Stormy Daniels to the program. Daniels has been at the center of news coverage for the past two weeks following resurfaced claims that she engaged in an affair with Trump in 2006. Daniels issued a statement earlier Tuesday that the affair never happened.
“There’s Melania wearing a nice white pantsuit in tribute to the president she voted for,” Kimmel said in his monologue of the first lady’s appearance at the State of the Union speech and how it didn’t quell media reports that she was angered over reports of Stormy Daniels’ reported affair with Trump.
TBS’ Conan wasted no time in addressing Trump’s State of the Union address. In his monologue, host Conan O’Brien poked fun at the president and the first lady. “Earlier tonight President Trump gave his State of the Union address and as per tradition, someone who opposes the President gave the rebuttal. So this year’s rebuttal was given by Melania,” quipped O’Brien. The host then added, “Trump said he now supports a plan for young immigrants to become citizens. When asked why, Trump said, ‘Because I may have to look for a new wife soon.’”