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Here's how late night TV covered Robert Mueller's indictments

“Now I know it’s almost Halloween. But it really feels more like Christmas.” Here's how late night covered the news


Taylor Link
October 31, 2017 12:40PM (UTC)

Late-night TV show hosts reveled in the news Monday about the indictments of former President Trump associates, including campaign manager Paul Manafort. Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and Seth Meyers all took their swings, mocking the flailing Trump White House on Monday.

“Now, I know it’s almost Halloween. But it really feels more like Christmas,” Colbert told his "Late Show" audience.

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“Manafort’s been charged with 12 counts, including conspiracy to launder money, tax fraud and conspiracy against the United States. What’s that crime usually called again? I can’t remember, for some treason,” he added.

Colbert took extra interest in Trump's tweet, when he bizarrely called on his followers to "do something" about Hillary Clinton.

“There’s something so reassuring about the president screaming ‘DO SOMETHING!’ into the void,” Colbert said.

Trevor Noah enjoyed his first major indictments as a late night host Monday. He told "The Daily Show" in-studio audience that nothing sounded good for the Trump White House at the moment.

“It really doesn’t look good. Twelve counts, including ‘conspiracy against the United States.’ I don’t even know what that means, but it just sounds bad,” Trevor Noah said.

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“So Paul Manafort has now been charged with lobbying for the government of Ukraine and not telling the U.S. government he did this," Noah added. "He’s also been charged with laundering tens of millions of dollars into secret foreign bank accounts in remote island nations around the world. Which basically makes Manafort one eye patch away from being a Bond villain.”

Seth Meyers focused on the right-wing media's response to the indictment news, noting during his "Closer Look" segment that Fox News when to great lengths not to cover the Manafort story.

“When none of your defenses work, there’s always the option of ignoring the news completely,” Meyers said on "Late Night." “As other news outlets were going wall to wall with coverage of the [Paul] Manafort indictment, here’s what Fox News thought was more important.”

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He then played a clip of Fox News hosts discussing the hamburger emoji controversy, in which Google's new avatar has the cheese under the patty. “Who does that?” one of the Fox News hosts asked.

“Unless the answer is Paul Manafort, who cares?” Meyers responded. “Fox News, if you really want to talk about emojis, you could at least focus on the ones that are relevant to the Trump White House,” he added, showing images of poop and fire emoji.

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Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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