Kimmel: 'Total Disaster' Trump 'Needs to Go'

Late-night hosts react to Charlottesville remarks
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2017 5:47 AM CDT
Updated Aug 16, 2017 6:23 AM CDT

President Trump's Charlottesville remarks Tuesday met with disbelief from network hosts—and ridicule from their late-night counterparts. Trump is a "total disaster" who needs to go, Jimmy Kimmel told viewers. Trump supporters should "treat the situation like you would if you'd put Star Wars wallpaper up in the kitchen: 'All right, I got caught up. I was excited, I made a mistake, and now it needs to go,'" he said, per the New York Times. Kimmel suggested Trump be promoted to a king with no power. "We need to set him up in a castle ... lead him to the top and then lock the door to that castle—forever." Other reactions:

  • Stephen Colbert. The Late Show host played a clip of Trump saying "I think there's blame on both sides and I have no doubt about it and neither do you," and quipped: "The only thing I'm doubting right now is if you’re still going to be president by Friday," Mediaite reports. Colbert also poked fun at Trump for saying the white nationalists in Charlottesville had a permit for their protest. "You've got to give it to the Nazis," he said. "They always do their paperwork."

  • James Corden. The CBS host mocked Trump for saying he waited until he had all the facts before commenting on Charlottesville. "It's true, he only makes a statement when he has the facts," he said. "You know, like when he told us how his inauguration crowd was the biggest in history. Or that time he told us Meryl Streep was a bad actress."
  • Seth Meyers. Meyers introduced a new segment called "Breaking Crazy" to deal with what he described as a "clinically insane" performance. "Trump is like a bad waitress in a crappy diner who’s trying to get fired so she can go to a concert," he said. "Congress, isn't this enough? Cut bait on the president."
  • Conan O'Brien. "In the press conference, President Trump said that Steve Bannon was a good friend and not a racist," O'Brien said, per the Washington Post. "Then he said, 'Oops, I meant to say, 'a good racist, and not a friend.'"
  • The Daily Show. The most-quoted remark from the show was a tweet hours before airtime: "Today is the day Donald Trump became president of the Confederacy."
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