Late-night hosts focused on the strange battle between the president, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer
Late-night hosts focused on Donald Trumps snap press conference on Wednesday as well as the controversy over Democratic candidates appearing on Fox News.
The Late Night host Seth Meyers took a closer look into the events of the day, starting with the strangeness of the presidents press conference. You knew right off the bat this was going to be a weird one because before Trump even got there, he had a sign printed up in front of the podium with the words No collusion, no obstruction on it, he said. I have a feeling the staff at DC Kinkos voted for Hillary. During the press conference, Trump said he was the most transparent president that has ever occupied office. Meyers joked: We could see right through you but I dont think thats what you meant.
Trump has said he wants to defend the constitution, despite attacking the Michigan congressman Justin Amash and calling him a loser. When asked about these comments, Amash simply responded: OK. The host seemed impressed by this, telling the audience: That probably is the best way to respond. You know, just treat him like hes a grandpa in a nursing home.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert opened with the host detailing the stalemate between Trump and congressional Democrats, quipping: Democrats have a painful case of the blue subpoenas.
Colbert spoke about House speaker Nancy Pelosis comment to reporters that Trump was engaging in a cover-up. Colbert agreed, telling his audience: Its a cover-up. Its called bronzer, Nancy. And hes not fooling anyone.
Next, Pelosi and the Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, were due to meet with Trump to discuss infrastructure reform. Trump allegedly didnt allow anyone to speak and the meeting lasted only three minutes. Colbert retorted: According to Stormy Daniels, thats a bonus two minutes. After the meeting, Trump held an impromptu press conference, complete with a sign saying No collusion, no obstruction. During this press conference, he said he would not work on the infrastructure deal if Democrats continued to investigate him. Colbert impersonated Trumps manner, joking: Its my way or no highways.
During the bizarre press conference, Trump also handed out a sheet with the numerical figures of the Mueller report, which originated from ABC. The Late Show pointed out they left out a second page detailing the number of indictments and criminal judgments in the case. They conveniently left out the second page, which included information like seven guilty pleas, six Trump associates charged, four people sentenced to prison and a criminal presidency, sang Colbert.
On Full Frontal, Samantha Bee focused on the controversy surrounding Democratic candidates appearing on Fox News. Pete Buttigieg recently appeared on the channel for a town hall and received a standing ovation from the crowd. Aw, what a touching reception for a candidate on a network that doesnt believe his sexual orientation entitles him to a wedding cake, Bee said. Full Frontal challenged the idea that the refusal to go on Fox News is a sign of weakness or fear. First of all, if you want to talk about being afraid of the opposition, the Republican presidents own press secretary has done fewer briefing this month than Gene Simmons. She continued: Second of all, if you think Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris are afraid of talking to anyone, have you met them?
Bee declared it wasnt a complex issue as Democrats dont have to go on Fox News and supported the decisions of Warren and Harris, who have declined invitations. Warren even went so far to call it a hate-for-profit racket. In all fairness, it would make it the first profitable racket Donald Trump has ever been involved in, retorted Bee. She also attacked the representation of Fox News, which has openly disparaged the candidates, at one point saying Trump was more hip-hop than Harris. Bee took aim at this, telling her audience: Yeah, Jesse Watters knows hip-hop. He locks his car doors every time he hears it.
She concluded with this assertion: When you go on Fox News, no matter how lit your town hall game is that night, you are legitimizing them.