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Here's how late-night TV reacted to Donald Trump Jr.'s emails bombshell

Late night comedians are amazed that Donald Trump gave the world a smoking gun


Jeremy Binckes
July 12, 2017 12:26PM (UTC)

Trevor Noah pulled no punches Wednesday, opening with, "What do you get when you cross a Russian, an email and an idiot?"

The "Daily Show" host seemed stunned to finally get an answer to the question of whether the Donald Trump campaign colluded with Russian sources against Hillary Clinton last year. That answer, as Donald Trump Jr's emails show, was that it's clear Russian sources tried to collude, and that Trump seemed responsive to their entreaties. For Noah, the smoking gun was a little too much.

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"For so long, everyone was like, Man, there's so much smoke, we don't know if there's fire. We're on the ground, dying from smoke inhalation. 'I just want to know if there's a fire,'" Noah joked. "And today we're like, Yes! It's a fire! I'm on fire! New problem, but now I know the truth. Yes!"

Calling Trump a "two-legged brain foreclosure," Noah couldn't help find humor in Trump's nonsensical actions.

Meanwhile, Stephen Colbert was pretty certain that the new revelations are leading to one place: jail. "I'm not saying I have a full Trump-on. But I am definitely sporting a Donald Jr."

Colbert was amazed that the emails so brazenly confirmed reports and speculation about them, also using the smoking gun metaphor. But Colbert was also bemused by how Trump's lawyers could even consider letting this happen. "Does he even have a lawyer? Because you rarely see a cop show where the lawyer bursts into the interrogation room and shouts, 'Keep talkin! In fact, tweet out everything you know!'"

Above is Colbert's rundown of all the characters involved in the "all-you-can-prosecute buffet." Below, Colbert connects the dots to find out what this all means.

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Jeremy Binckes

Jeremy Binckes is the senior news editor at Salon.com.

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