Jimmy Fallon parodied President Trump‘s bizarre solo press conference with the cold-open of Thursday’s Tonight Show. The comedian, decked out in his traditional orange make-up, hosted his own event, poking fun at the president’s rambling statements and confrontations with reporters.
“First of all, you’re all fake news,” Fallon said to open the bit. “I hate you very much. And thank you for being here. Next.” Later, he vowed to make Beyoncé Secretary of Labor because of her pregnancy expertise, used a tiny hand prop to drink a glass of water and vowed to change his widely used slogan to the “classier” “faux news.”
The rest of late-night television also scrambled to weigh in on Trump’s disastrous first solo press conference, held Thursday afternoon. The Late Show‘s Stephen Colbert went in-depth on the “historic event,” observing that Trump was truly all by himself behind the podium – “evidently he didn’t even bring his meds with him.”
Firing back at Trump’s claim that he “inherited a mess” with the presidency, Colbert cracked, “No, you inherited a fortune. We elected a mess.” The host highlighted the president’s most absurd moments – from inaccurately claiming his victory marked the “biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan” to suggesting April Ryan, an African-American White House correspondent, should “set up a meeting” with the Congressional Black Caucus.
“Oh, you’re a black woman? Can you talk to the Congressional Black Caucus?” Colbert mocked. “Can you guys get together at your next meeting of the black club?” (Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste concurred that, indeed, all black people meet up periodically “at Oprah’s house.”)
On Late Night, Seth Meyers was forced to shred, literally, his previous edition of “A Closer Look,” which focused on Republican attempts to repeal Obamacare. His replacement segment included a hilarious mash-up of Trump’s biggest tantrums and insulting responses: a flurry of “fake news,” “Quiet!” and “I don’t have to tell you.”
“Did you hear him? He said he’s ‘not ranting and raving,'” Meyers said. “But again, what president hasn’t had to say, ‘I’m not ranting and raving’? Who can forget Lincoln’s tirade at Gettysburg or FDR’s fireside meltdowns or Ronald Raegan famously saying, ‘Gorbachev, if you don’t tear down this fucking wall, I’m gonna lose my shit’?”
Meanwhile, on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the dazed host marveled that the tone of the press conference was “like if your dad found a pack of cigarettes under your mattress … You know it was a bad press conference when assuming all black people know each other wasn’t even the worst part of it.”