Late-night TV hosts react to Trump’s multiple Jan. 6 meltdowns – Deadline


What was a dark day for democracy turned out to be a bright night for late-night television.

Cassidy Hutchinson, the senior aide to former President Donald Trump’s last chief of staff, Mark Meadows, gave gripping testimony of scenes that border on the absurd as the United States Capitol was besieged by Trump supporters and approaching this event.

One of the stories she told was how Trump, as later portrayed by Trevor Noah, lost his shit when he discovered an interview his then-Attorney General Bill Barr had given to the Associated Press.

Hubbard recounted a scene she witnessed while walking into the dining room where, according to the White House valet who was about to clean the ketchup from the wall, the then-president threw his lunch – and his plate – against the wall.

When asked if this was an isolated instance, Hubbard replied: “There were several instances throughout my tenure where I was aware of him throwing dishes or turning the tablecloth to let all the contents of the table fall on the floor.”

Or as Noah summed it up on the Daily show“Trump was constantly throwing tantrums.”

Many hosts have explained what Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest host Chelsea Handler called it a “really crazy” moment. Hutchinson described being told that Trump himself tried to visit the Capitol on Jan. 6. limousine.

Denied by officers, Trump reportedly attempted to grab the steering wheel of the armored car, known as the Beast, to steer the vehicle himself.

“Sir, you need to take your hand off the wheel,” Secret Service agent Robert Engel told Trump, Hutchinson learned. “We’re going back to the West Wing, we’re not going to the Capitol,” Engel continued, grabbing one of Trump’s arms. Trump would then have tried to attack Engel, the head of his secret service.

“That’s no way to treat a Secret Service agent. That’s how you treat a contestant backstage at the Miss Universe pageant,” Handler joked before adding, “Turns out Donald Trump was even more of a shitbag than we previously thought.

Stephen Colbert focused on Trump’s alleged push towards Engel.

“He went to the throat!” Colbert said. “When you join the Secret Service, you expect to take one for the president, but not of President.”

Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight’s show came back with, “Always good when you need the Secret Service to protect the Secret Service.


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