James Corden and Seth Meyers criticized President Trump‘s sudden announcement to ban transgender people from serving in the military with righteous rants, and a little song and dance.
On The Late Late Show, Corden donned a tux and tails to deliver a send up of Nat King Cole’s classic “L-O-V-E” as “L-G-B-T.” “L, he doesn’t care for lesbians,” Corden sang. “G, he thinks to men should just be friends/ B, to his dumb knowledge, is just a phase in college/ T, he finds confusing so the army’s now refusing.”
Corden slipped a crucial budget factoid into his lyrics – the ban only saves .04 percent – and offered a key counterpoint to the new policy: “How is their disruption/ Worse than Trump’s corruption?/ Why’s it such a crisis/ Thousands willing to fight ISIS.”
Also on The Late Late Show, Corden spoke with former Vice President Al Gore about Trump’s penchant for distraction and chaos. “I wish that he would really start addressing real issues like the climate crisis,” Gore said. “But a quick true story about the tweets this morning. There were three of them, and the first one was just ‘After consulting with my my military leaders I have decided that…’ And then there were 10 minutes before the next one and apparently people in the Pentagon were like, ‘Oh my god we’re going to war!'”
On Late Night, Meyers ceded the stage to the female members of his writing staff, Amber Ruffin, Ally Hord, Dina Gusovsky and Jenny Hagel. Ruffin noted the questionable economics of Trump’s decision, noting the military should be able to cover healthcare for trans people if its already spending $41 million a year on Viagra. Gusovsky also pointed out the irony of Trump banning people from choosing to enlist when he managed to weasel his way out of serving in Vietnam.
The writers saved their savviest vitriol for the Trump administration’s so-called LGBTQ ally, Ivanka Trump. At three points, the quartet teased a rousing proclamation of support for the trans community from the President’s daughter, only to cut footage of an empty White House briefing room, tumbleweed rolling across the desert and a lone wolf howling in a frozen tundra.