Sometimes a Donald Trump story comes along that’s so stupid that every late-night comedy host can’t help but joke way too many times about it. This Thursday was one of those nights. A late-night riot erupted after Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity this week that as president he had the power to declassify documents by “thinking about them.”
was first out of the gate The daily News Host Trevor Noah, who expressed deep skepticism that Trump could “share documents with his brain” when he couldn’t even “read documents with his brain.” He predicted Trump would “plead Jedi” at the eventual trial, and joked that it would be “the first time in his life that Trump thought something and didn’t say it out loud.”
Seth Meyers used his “A Closer Look” segment to argue that Trump’s claim was a “shaky defense” because one had to believe he could “think” at all. “I mean, even if it were true that the law says you can release something just by thinking about it, all a judge would have to do was look Trump in the eye and immediately decide there’s just nothing going on in there.”
Over on ABC, Jimmy Kimmel targeted Hannity for not investigating the ridiculous claim. “His approach was basically, ‘Show me on the doll where the FBI investigated you,'” he said. “I mean, you have to give it to Sean. When life gives him criminals, he makes criminals!”
“If Trump actually had the power to change things just by thinking about it, Don Jr. would have been turned into a Big Mac 30 years ago,” he joked. “And by the way, even if he had the authority to release that information, it doesn’t matter. It is illegal for him to take any Presidential papers from the White House without permission.”
And further That late showStephen Colbert mocked Trump for using his “mind” to “let more stupid words come out of his stupid mouth” before showing the clip of the former president insisting he’d declassified “everything”. .
“Okay, I’m getting on this crazy train,” added Colbert. “Let’s say he declassified telepathically all, like wearing a treacherous cerebro. That said, he thinks it’s kind of a good idea for everyone to know foreign nuclear secrets and somehow find out all the names of America’s covert spies. How is that better?”
Even Jimmy Fallon got in on the action, playing the clip and then joked, “Hannity was like, ‘Oh I see you’re going to plead insanity.'”
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