Late-night hosts pick apart Trump's first State of the Union
Stephen Colbert wasn’t the only late-night host sharpening his knives to skewer Trump’s first State of the Union address. “President Trump’s State of the Union address was available to stream live,” Seth Meyers began on Late Night on Tuesday. “So congrats to Logan Paul for no longer being the worst thing on YouTube.”
The Tonight Show‘s Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel of Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show‘s James Corden, and The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah also lampooned Trump’s speech.
“This wasn’t a night for facts,” Noah said. “If you came here for facts, you came here for the wrong thing. Tonight was all about celebrating President Trump, and he was in such a good mood that he even reached across the aisle — and not just to grope someone, but to try and get things done.”
To Trump’s claim that the GOP “enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history,” Noah said, “This is a lie. It’s nowhere near it.” To the reaction from Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, he remarked, “They look like Trump also cheated on them with Stormy Daniels,” referring to the adult film star who allegedly had an affair with Trump.
With Trump’s comment that “Americans are dreamers, too,” Noah was taken aback. “Damn, did this guy just ‘All Lives Matter’ the DREAMers?”
Fallon was caught up on the fact that Trump read off a prompter during the address. (Remember all those times Trump slammed Hillary Clinton for using teleprompters, and that other time during a speech he declared, “I don’t use teleprompters”?)
“That’s right. He read off a prompter to make sure he stayed on track,” Fallon said. “His staff had a little Mickey Mouse head over the words like a singalong song.”
Kimmel, too, zinged Trump for all his past remarks about not using a teleprompter. Though, he started off by acknowledging First Lady Melania Trump.
“A number of Democrats brought immigrants with them to the speech tonight, and not just Democrats. The president brought an immigrant as his guest, too,” he said.
Kimmel also noted how “there was more forced applause than a Kim Jong-un birthday parade” and laughed when he saw the reaction from the Congressional Black Caucus, some of whom did not attend the State of the Union. “Donald Trump taking credit for low unemployment among black people is like Ryan Seacrest taking credit for the new year,” he said.
Elsewhere, Corden mocked the Trump team’s plan to broadcast the name of anyone who made donations to his re-election efforts during the State of the Union.
“I hope viewers at the livestream enjoyed my donation on behalf of Penis von Penisface,” he joked. Adding a ding at Betsy Devos, Trump’s controversial pick for secretary of education, Corden said, “If you donated $200 million, you could be Trump’s secretary of education.”
Watch more of late-night TV’s response to Trump’s State of the Union address above.