President Trump praised his Supreme Court nominee Thursday evening, after both Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford had a chance to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Late-night hosts had slightly different takes after the dust had settled on the day:
- Trevor Noah addressed the "big showdown," specifically Ford's knowledge of the psychology of what had happened in her own mind, throwing out such terms as "norepinephrine" and "hippocampus." "Oh snap!" Noah remarked. "People were asking how the lady can trust her brain. Turns out she's a brain scientist! Yeah, those senators were probably like, 'Oh, yes, we're also familiar with the hippopotamus."
- Jimmy Kimmel turned to Kavanaugh's penchant for beer. "He was loud, he was angry, he was tearful … and whether or not he's guilty of sexual assault, one thing we know for sure is that Brett Kavanaugh is the world's worst celebrity spokesperson for beer." Of Rachel Mitchell, the sex-crimes prosecutor brought on by the GOP: "All of a sudden she disappeared, like Roseanne. … The Conners went on without her."
- On the Late Show, Stephen Colbert noted Kavanaugh came out "with a well-coiffed head of steam" to call what was going on an "orchestrated political hit" and "revenge on behalf of the Clintons." "In conclusion, I'll be a non-biased and impartial judge, just an umpire calling balls and strikes secretly being thrown by George Soros and Hillary Clinton." Of Kavanaugh's claim that he'd never drunkenly blacked out, but had simply "gone to sleep," Colbert mused, "after all, isn't one man's blackout another man's street nap?"
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