Late-night hosts discussed the fallout from Donald Trump’s failed attempt at healthcare reform, which has seen the deal-making reputation of “President Big Boy Truck” take a hammering.
On Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, the comic noted that last week many had anticipated the “long national nightmare of somewhat affordable health coverage would finally be over”, only for Republican plans to fall apart.
While Trump will now be turning to other issues – “back issues of Maxim magazine” – Democrats celebrated their “kinda” victory. “They won the same way the cops kinda won that car chase at the end of Thelma and Louise,” she suggested.
Bee mocked Trump’s insistence that further phases of the bill would have proven its value over Obamacare. “I believe that’s known as the ‘I’m a grower not a shower’ defence,” she quipped.
The comic also noted reports of Trump’s now-infamous request to conservative Republicans to “forget about the little shit” and consider the bigger picture when deciding on healthcare reform. “Which they assumed was Trump’s nickname for Sean Spicer,” Bee joked.
On the Late Show, Stephen Colbert also reflected on Republican failure to agree on a reform bill. “Moderates wanted to keep popular stuff like maternity coverage, while the far-right wanted to give women in labour a bite stick and a bottle of whiskey,” he explained.
Colbert then questioned the lack of public support for a recent vote in Congress to allow internet service providers to sell information about their customers’ web browsing history. “No one in America stood up at a town hall and said: ‘Sir I demand you let somebody else make money off my shameful desires,” he argued.
The only thing less popular than elected representatives taking the side of cable companies would be a bill “allowing traffic jams to call you during dinner and give you gonorrhea”, the comic added.
Colbert also noted Trump’s attendance at a women’s empowerment forum, suggesting it was “the first women’s event he’s attended since sneaking into the dressing room at the Miss USA pageant”.
On Late Night with Seth Meyers, the host joined in the ridicule of Trump’s suggestion that, despite recent failures, reaching a new deal on healthcare would be easy. “OK, make sure your healthcare plan covers amnesia,” he scoffed.
The comic also gave a mention to Brexit, noting that the leader of the European council, Donald Tusk, said he would not pretend to be happy about it. “Which makes sense, as that’s more of a British thing,” Meyers joked.
On The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon mentioned Hillary Clinton’s speech in San Francisco where she encouraged her supporters to “resist, insist, persist and enlist” following her election defeat. “She then pointed to herself and said: still pissed,” Fallon joked.
Following comments by Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner that the government should be run like a company whose customers are the citizens, Fallon imagined the response of the public might be: “In that case, we have a president we’d like to exchange”.