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‘The Late Show’ Presents: Comedy at Its Laziest

Two years into the Donald Trump presidency, it’s become clear that late night hosts have made making fun of the president their bread and butter. At this point, it has become a reflex to throw some cheap shot at Trump.

I imagine that even the most thin-skinned of Trump apologists could admit that there’s plenty that the president does that screams out to be made fun of. Much of Trump’s mannerisms and behavior constitute the low-hanging fruit that most everybody can find hilarious.

But late night hosts have gotten nastier and uglier in their supposedly humorous attacks on Donald Trump. Take this recent tweet from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:

I’ve always thought of Colbert as one of the most smug of the Trump haters (and haters of the GOP in general), which is a shame because he is also supposedly a man of deep Christian faith.

But is this really funny? Come on! Crayon writing, misspellings, bad grammar – it’s not only a disgrace to comedy and satire, but it’s also downright disrespectful. (Just imagine if a right-leaning comic had made a similar joke at Obama’s expense.)

And the Putin reference? Talk about a joke that’s played out.

We know that comedians and pundits have had it out for Republican presidents for years. Reagan was senile, George H. W. Bush was a wimpy Northeastern preppie, and “Dubya” was a dumb hick. And now Trump is the target of cheap shot after cheap shot. (At least comics could poke some fun at Bill Clinton too.)

Now I’ve made no secret that I’m not the biggest Trump fan, but I at least think he’s doing some good things. There’s no benefit of the doubt in any of the jokes about the current president. They’re more mean spirited than just about anything else, and they seem to get worse and worse. But for these late night show hosts, the message is far more important than the comedy. And that message that they need to get across is that Trump is stupid and evil. The nastiness takes priority over the humor.

These guys desperately need some new material.

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