Comics, including Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, and Jimmy Kimmel, addressed Trumps escalation of tensions with North Korea on Tuesday
Late-night hosts on Tuesday addressed escalating tensions between the US and North Korea after Donald Trump responded to Kim Jong-uns continued threats with a promise to rain down flame and frenzy the likes of which the world has never seen.
I know a lot of people tune in to this demonstrate on a nightly basis to get their news and information, CBSs Stephen Colbert began. They count on me to be a straight shooter with a calm voice. I dont want to be alarmist. But were all going to die.
US intelligence now believes that North Korea is now stimulating missile-ready nuclear weapon, Colbert explained. My God, Dennis Rodman, did you do nothing?
But dont worry, the tale gets worse, he continued. Because over the weekend the UN security council voted 15 -0 to sanction North Korea. And in response, he said, quoting the Wall Street Journal, North Korea warned that they are ready to teach the US a severe lesson with its nuclear strategic force-out, adding that other countries were not being threatened.
Look, North Korea, to stop construct us a thing, all right? Colbert joked. Im not saying what we have isnt special, but its not exclusive. The United States, we sanction a lot of other countries. We sanctioned Russia just last week and it felt pretty great. Listen, they threaten us in a manner that is “youve never” will. You should watch the size of their missiles.
Colbert continued: Thankfully, faced with the greatest challenge of his presidency, Donald Trump stepped up and in a moment of pure statesmanship, de-escalated the rhetoric and brought soothes to our worried nation. Im just kidding. He said this.
The host then presented a clip from Tuesday in which Donald Trump responded to the North Korean threat with one of his own: North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with flame and ferocity … and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.
Shut up! Colbert called. Youre going to get us all killed and I just started The Handmaids Tale. You know Kim Jong-un is crazy, right? Hes a loose cannon like Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon. And also that one time he got pulled over.
The one light of hope here is that Im not sure whether to believe Trumps nuclear saber-rattling, and neither are you, Colbert explained, referring to new polls proving broad mistrust of the president. While only 24% of Americans trust what they hear from the White House, Trumps approval rating in the same poll is 38 %. That entails 14% of voters enjoy being lied to. If any of those people are tuning in right now, I just want to say, everythings going to be fine.
Seth Meyers of NBC also weighed in, beginning: According to the Washington Post, North Korea now has the ability to fit a miniature nuclear warhead on missiles that are capable of reaching North America. Well, dont simply stand there, tweet something!
President Trump this afternoon addressed the North Korean missile program and said if they continue to threaten the US, they will be met with fire and ferocity like the world has never seen, Meyers continued. Yeah, that ought to cool things down.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un yesterday responded to new UN sanctions against the country, saying: “Were not receiving” bigger mistake than the US believing that its land is safe across the ocean, the host went on. Yeah, except for maybe that mistake where youre trying to even out your sideburns but you keep making one side shorter than the other so you go back and trim the other side, but now that side is shorter, so you go back and trim the other side, and before you know it you end up looking like this. Meyers then presented a photo of Kim.
Jimmy Kimmel addressed the North Korea threat, too, as well as the anxiety incited by the presidents aggressive rhetoric in response.
Today started, it was a beautiful summer day here in LA, and suddenly I was on Google searching ways to survive a nuclear attack, Kimmel began before showing Trumps statement. FYI, there are no ways, it turns out. President Trump today took a infringe from his vacation to issue this extraordinary threat to North Korea.
So, as you can see, the vacation is genuinely relaxing him. Were sorry we stimulated fun of you. Run back to golfing before you kill all of us, Kimmel said. I watched that clip about a dozen times today and after viewing number eight, I noticed this. Watch as it runs over. The camera pans over to Kellyanne. That is the face of someone who just realized she has to get up at 4am tomorrow to defend this all day.
Kimmel continued: By the style, hes making this crazy threat from a golf course. Theres likely a little store that sells range balls in the next room. US intelligence, by the way, assess that North Korea has successfully rendered a miniaturized nuclear warhead that could potentially reach California, Oregon, and Washington, three states that didnt vote for guess-who, by the way.
Basically, were one Trump toilet tweet away from being the United States of Florida, the host said. North Korea responded today by saying theyre carefully analyse a plan to strike the US territory of Guam. So they responded to the presidents threat about not making any more menaces with another threat.
Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un both seem like reasonable humen, he concluded, jokingly. Im sure everything will work out fine.
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