Late-night hosts took President Trump to task for comments he made Thursday, when the president reportedly questioned why the U.S. would want to admit more people from “shithole countries” during a meeting with lawmakers about a proposed bipartisan deal on immigration. The deal would have changed rules affecting immigrants from Africa and Haiti.
The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah, who hails from South Africa, led the charge in late night, stating firmly how offended he was by the remarks. “I don’t know how to break this to you, but I think the president might be racist,” he said. “And, you know, as someone who is from South Shithole, I’m offended, Mr. President.”
Noah added: “Because not only does he think brown countries are shitholes, he thinks what, we’re never going to know what he said? I mean, don’t get me wrong it may take a few weeks, but as soon as the news donkey reaches our village, we’ll be so mad!”
Over on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Kimmel attempted to make some sense of Trump’s words. “Listen, I’m sure the fact that the countries he described as ‘shitholes’ are mostly populated by people of color — and the immigrants he wants from Norway are not — is a coincidence,” he joked. “Because if it wasn’t, it would mean we voted for a racist. Like, a real one. And we’d have to get pitchforks and chase him out of the White House.”
The host also explained the “only silver lining” of the situation: getting to hear CNN’s Wolf Blitzer say “S hole” all day to avoid the censors.
The Late Show‘s Stephen Colbert pulled no punches in his opening monologue. “Sir, they’re not shithole countries. For one, Donald Trump isn’t their president,” he said, to loud applause from the audience.
Responding to reports that Trump suggested the government should try and get more immigrants from countries such as Norway, Colbert joked, in character as Trump, “People with blonde hair who need a lot of sunscreen. You get what I’m saying? I’m saying I’m a racist.”
On Late Night, the president’s comments prompted host Seth Meyers to create a new segment titled, “Seth Has to Walk Away for a Minute.” The segment featured Meyers walking mostly off camera and away from his desk, muttering to himself incredulously, “I don’t … I just … I mean, at what point, at what point … do you just have some common decency? Some human emotion?”
During his “A Closer Look” segment, Meyers again referenced the president’s remarks. “To be fair, maybe he meant it as a compliment. After all, Trump does all of his best tweets while sitting on the shithole,” he joked. He ended the bit by saying the national mood can be summed up with three words: “Please kill me.”
On Comedy Central’s The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, the host opened the show by taking aim at the backlash the president was receiving. He added: “Now I know what you’re thinking? What do Norwegians have that Haitians and Africans don’t? It’s simple. They’re all white (pause) -knuckle enthusiasts about making America great again.”