Late Night Skewers Trump's Sniffles

And more, via Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, and Seth Meyers
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2016 7:20 AM CDT

(Newser) – Donald Trump's sniffles, "Ghost Abraham Lincoln," and even the candidates' initial salutations all made star appearances on Monday's late-night roster as hosts tackled the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, per the Hollywood Reporter. Some takes from the after-prime-time set:

  • Stephen Colbert's Late Show was live Monday night, and he was quick to point out the debate's first lie: Clinton greeting Trump on the stage with a "Donald, it's good to be with you." He also made note of Trump's apparent nasal drip, saying the GOP nominee "sounded like he was fighting off a cold … of cocaine." His first guest was Honest Abe's specter, who spoke on the state of contemporary debate, followed by undecided voter "Charles Hansen," played by Rob Lowe in a "Make America Great Again" hat and "I'm With Her" shirt, per the New York Daily News. "I am 100% behind Donald Trump … I really liked when he said he wanted to bring back 'Law & Order.' I loved Mariska Hargitay," Hansen/Lowe said.

  • Trevor Noah also jumped on Trump's sniffles on the live Daily Show, noting the candidate may have been "sniffing all of the bulls--t he was saying," per the Daily Beast. He mentioned Lester Holt's subdued role during some of the debate's tenser moments, saying, "At that point, [he] wasn't even moderating anymore, he was just eating popcorn like everyone else," but got serious when Trump suggested he was "smart" for not paying income tax. "You're running to be the No. 1 citizen of a country," Noah chastised him. "You shouldn't brag about ways you found to get around the rules."
  • Over at Late Night With Seth Meyers, the host offered his own play-by-play, per Vulture. In his "Closer Look" segment, Meyers said the media "hyped [the debate] like a prize fight" and pointed out the "double standard" of what Hillary Clinton had to do to "win" the debate compared to Donald Trump's somewhat lower bar. "Basically her tasks looked like advice you'd give a secretary before a job interview in 1950," Meyers said, per the Hollywood Reporter. "Meanwhile his sounds like [that] you'd give a murderer at a parole hearing. They need to believe you won't kill again.'" He also poked fun at "one of [Hillary's] patented lukewarm zingers": "Trumped-Up Trickle-Down" economics.
Clinton and Trump face off again Oct. 9 at Washington University in St. Louis, with CNN's Anderson Cooper and ABC's Martha Raddatz taking the moderator reins. (Here's what Twitter had to say about Trump's sniffles.)

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