One of the pressing issues currently most concerning to the president of the United States is late night talk show hosts, and specifically, why are they so mean to poor Donald Trump? The whole dumb thing was started earlier this week by Jay Leno, who appeared on the Today show to shake his fist at a cloud over late night shows having become too political in the Trump era.
Leno’s remarks were naturally fodder for the talking heads over at Fox News, which were then ingested and pooped out by Trump on Twitter. “Jay Leno points out that comedy (on the very boring late night shows) is totally one-sided,” the president quoted Fox and Friends with his own added commentary. “It’s tough when there’s only one topic.”
By Thursday, Trump had still not let it go, yet again tweeting his ire with being the constant butt of Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, and Seth Meyer’s jokes, ostensibly — because we all know he wasn’t referring to Jimmy Fallon.
“The three very weak and untalented late night ‘hosts’ are ‘fighting over table scraps,'” Trump fired off. “Carson did a great job, it wasn’t political. I don’t know what they’re going to do in 2024 when he’s no longer President? Will be wacky in the unemployment line.”
Perhaps it’s all the junk food pickling his brain, but Trump was not, in fact, immune to Johnny Carson’s jokes. As pointed out by comedy writer Mike Drucker on Twitter, Carson literally joked about Trump evicting people from their homes and throwing the homeless into the streets in 1989 while quipping about the short-lived game show, Trump Card.
While that bit in question wasn’t political, per se, another Carson clip from 1992 roasted both Trump and Bill Clinton in the same shot — this time over Clinton’s admitted affair with Gennifer Flowers, back when he had been Governor of Arkansas.
“Don’t worry about Gennifer Flowers, she got a new job — she got fired, you know — she was a receptionist at an unemployment agency, she got canned, but she got a new job today as a Donald Trump backup mistress,” Carson quipped, to roaring laughter from the audience.
At any rate, this all seems to go without saying that if Johnny Carson were alive today, Trump would very much be directly in his cross-hairs. But that’s neither here nor there, because what are facts even these days?