Hours after Donald Trump coined the term “Spygate” (or rather, refurbished it) to refer to a conspiracy theory that the FBI spied on his 2016 presidential campaign under the Obama administration, late-night hosts took to their respective stages to dismiss the unsubstantiated claims and poke fun at the name.
On Late Night, Seth Meyers brought up “Spygate” during his monologue, joking that he wasn’t even sure “Spygate” denoted a conspiracy theory. “Knowing Trump, that might just be how he spells ‘Spaghetti,'” he said. He then addressed Trump, saying, “Stop trying to make ‘Fetch’ happen, you’re not allowed to name things anymore,” and name-checked the former Trump Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City (now the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino) and his son Donald Trump Jr. as examples of why he shouldn’t.
Meyers later joked, “Also, you’re the only one calling it Spygate. Trump’s like a guy who tries to give himself a new nickname and tries to pretend it’s catching on. ‘I’m Donald Trump, and everyone calls me D-Trizzy.'”
Stephen Colbert also addressed Trump’s claims that a spy was planted into his campaign for political purposes. “Yes, follow Trump down the rabbit hole here. They embedded a spy early on and paid him massive sums of money to sabatoge the Trump campaign with false claims of Russian collusion in the press to help Hillary Clinton and then — and here’s the insidious part — tell the press. And Hillary Clinton lost. So when Trump revealed this plot he would seem like a desperate criminal spinning conspiracy theories to stop the walls from closing in. Nice try, Deep State. Nice try.”
Over on ABC, Jimmy Kimmel wove the “Spygate” theory into his monologue, noting that Trump followed up the “Spygate” tweet with the “Witch Hunt!” line he’s used multiple times before on Twitter.
“Donald Trump tweets like the Hulk speaks,” Kimmel said. He later added another simile to the monologue: “He’s like a largemouth bass — he doesn’t think, he just strikes when he’s annoyed!”
Meanwhile, on NBC’s Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon kicked off his monologue talking about Trump’s speculative tweets. “Trump was like ‘This one goes all the way to the top’ and people were like, ‘You are the top,'” Fallon joked.
Fallon continued, “He called it one of the biggest scandals in history. Then Vice President Pence fed him a warm, mellow Diet Coke, burped him and put him back to bed.”