On Wednesday night, late night talk show hosts had a lot of fun at Donald Trump’s expense after he described his son, Barron, in such a way as to make a lot of people think he’d temporarily forgotten he even had a son at all.
The moment came earlier in the day, when Trump held a press conference to announce he is directing the FDA to ban flavored vape juice in response to the recent death of several people attributed to vaping. The idea, Trump told reporters, came from First Lady Melania Trump. “She’s got a son. Together. That is a, a beautiful young man, and she feels very very strongly about it,” Trump said.
So it is that Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show” and Trevor Noah on “The Daily Show” could hardly contain themselves after playing clips of the weird moment.
“Nice save, buddy,” Colbert said, switching to his Trump accent. “The uh, First lady has got a son. Together. It’s a mutual son, of course, I’m very involved with the doings of it, and so is the first lady, who is a lovely mother, together, who I love and know her name so well that I won’t waste your time saying it out loud. So… Tim Apple.”
Meanwhile, Noah was incredulous. “She’s… got a son? You mean the son she made with you?” Noah joked. “How on earth does Trump forget that he has a son? He’s like the world’s worst dad, it’s like him and Darth Vader. No, actually that’s wrong. At least Darth Vader claimed his son. If Trump was the dark lord, he’d be like ‘Luke, she is your mother.’”
“But look,” Noah added, “you can’t fault Trump for not being super eager to claim responsibility for his son. I mean the dude has been burned twice.” At which point the screen showed a photo of Eric Trump and Donald Jr.
Watch the “Daily Show” clip at the top of the page, and watch Colbert below.
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