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Mr. West Goes to Washington
Kanye West’s visit to the White House on Thursday became punchlines galore for the late-night TV hosts. As Jimmy Kimmel put it, “The jokes do not write themselves — or should I say, they did not write themselves until today, when Kanye West visited the White House.”
In the televised Oval Office meeting, West spent 10 minutes discussing hydrogen-powered planes, his admiration for President Trump, and what West said was the news media’s duty to cover the president positively.
“It’s like Trump is sitting across from his own Twitter account come to life.” — JIMMY KIMMEL
Trevor Noah said it looked like tables had turned, as he watched West speed through a freewheeling soliloquy and the president sit there listening, silent and almost slack-jawed.
“I really enjoyed seeing Kanye make Trump feel the way Trump makes us feel everyday.” — TREVOR NOAH
“This must have been so confusing for Donald Trump, because you realize the only other black guy he knows is Ben Carson. So now he’s like: ‘Black people are the quietest, sleepiest, most talkative, manic people I know!’” — TREVOR NOAH
But at what cost is the humor coming? Jimmy Fallon implied that the president seemed more interested in the photo opportunity than in addressing the effects of Hurricane Michael, which pummeled the Florida Panhandle this week.
“The president spent the day with Kanye West, and Kid Rock was there too. Meanwhile, people down in Florida were like, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll just handle this hurricane ourselves.’” — JIMMY FALLON
Meanwhile, others expressed concerns about West’s mental health. He claimed during the Oval Office meeting that he had been “misdiagnosed” with bipolar disorder, but people close to him told People magazine that he is not taking medications prescribed by a psychiatrist.
Don Lemon expressed grave concerns on CNN about the media spectacle, calling it “a minstrel show.” He said, “We need to take the cameras away from Kanye,” adding: “We’re watching someone’s demise in front of our eyes.”
Do We Need an ‘Upside-Down Wall’ Now?
Noah expressed amusement after the authorities discovered a sophisticated, 30-mile tunnel running under the United States-Mexico border. The tunnel, which was being built by drug smugglers, was fitted with solar power and a ventilation system, as well as a rail line.
“That is so impressive: An illegal Mexican drug tunnel basically has a better subway system than New York. And, somehow, less drugs.” — TREVOR NOAH
“Right now Trump is like, ‘We need an upside-down wall, guys!’” — TREVOR NOAH
“I also liked how the tunnel used solar power, too. That was like a nice touch. It was almost like the drug cartel saw the latest climate report, and they were like: ‘Man, we gotta do our part, man. I don’t want my kids growing up in a white-marble mansion and a pet tiger and no ozone layer, man.’” — TREVOR NOAH
A YouTube Sensation Brings Her Message
Kimmel featured Lynzy Lab, a Texas dance teacher whose song “A Scary Time” went viral after Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court last weekend. The song satirizes Trump’s suggestion that today is “a very scary time for young men in America.” He made the comment amid the fallout from Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony, in which she suggested that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her.
Lab sang about the threats that constantly linger for women in America, then finished with a call for voter participation in the midterm elections.
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