Ellen DeGeneres kept things light Thursday when she addressed Eric Trump’s new conspiracy theory that she is somehow involved in the “Deep State,” though she couldn’t resist the opportunity to throw a few jabs at the younger of Trump’s two adult sons.
“If you know me at all, you know I don’t pay attention to politics, but unfortunately politics pays attention to me,” she begins the segment. “So, I woke up this morning and I saw that my name was trending on Twitter and I’m like, oh my God that’s so exciting because I thought my new show ‘Game of Games’ did really well with the ratings last night – and it did.”
“But also, my name was trending because of this: ‘Eric Trump suggests that Ellen DeGeneres is part of the Deep State,'” she continued, reading from a recent headline. “So, I have some questions. First of all, which one is Eric? Did he kill the elephant or the cheetah?”
The talk show host noted that the ruckus all began because Trump tweeted a screenshot of Twitter’s suggestions of accounts for him to follow, which included Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and herself.
“Shocking… once again, here are the @Twitter ‘suggestions’ of who I should follow. #DeepState,” he wrote alongside the screen grab. (“Deep State” refers to a group of shadowy civil servants believed by conspiracy theorists to be working to undermine the current administration.)
DeGeneres wasn’t having any of the accusations, however, and quickly dispelled the theory, addressing Trump directly in her monologue.
“I just wanna say, Eric, I am honored that you think that I’m powerful enough to be part of a government conspiracy,” she said. “I am sorry to disappoint you, I am not part of the Deep State. Even if somebody wanted me to be involved, I don’t have that kind of time. I’ve got my gay agenda meetings on Mondays. I’ve got on Wednesday Beyoncé and I host an illuminati brunch. And then Portia and I on the weekends are desperately trying to have a baby so I can’t. I don’t have time.”
Then she went in for the kicker.
“But there’s probably another explanation for why Twitter suggested that you follow me,” she said. “I mean, it could be a conspiracy or it could be because your sister Ivanka follows me on Twitter, and your sister Tiffany follows me on Twitter and maybe you should follow me. I mean, because I post a lot of cute videos.”