Late-Night Hosts Take on the Final Presidential Debate: 'So Many Moments of Crazy'
"Did Donald Trump just dismiss democracy like it was dressing on a salad?"
The third and final presidential debate was held Wednesday night (Oct. 19), and late-night hosts could not wait to respond.
After Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off at the event held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, The Daily Show's Trevor Noah, The Late Show's Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel Live! aired their thoughts.
The debate, moderated by Fox News' Chris Wallace, focused on Clinton and Trump's "fitness to be president," with Trump calling Clinton a "puppet" and claiming that the election results (and the Emmys) are rigged, and Clinton calling out Trump's treatment of women and temperament.
Trevor Noah went live and took on Trump's "bad hombres" immigration statement, his inviting President Barack Obama's half-brother to the event and Trump's comment that he may not accept the results of the election. "Clinton also brought the women who accused Trump," he said, showing a picture of crowds of women. "And those were just the ones who lined up early!"
Noah even commented on Trump's inviting Obama's half-brother to the debate, embarrassed that someone also brought his half-brother to the Daily Show audience. "I would hate him if he weren't so handsome." On Trump's comment that Clinton is a "puppet," Noah added, "to be fair, Trump thinks all women are puppets, that's why he's trying to always stick his hand up them."
On Trump's claim that he might not accept the election results: "Did Donald Trump just dismiss democracy like it was dressing on a salad?"
"This debate had so many moments of crazy," Noah said, but "that's it. That's the final time we'll see Donald Trump on the debate stage ... before we refer to him as Supreme Leader."
"I am tonight's moderator, Stephen Colbert," The Late Show host began his live episode. As he commented on Trump's "rigged" claims, he did notice that the words behind Clinton did spell out "rig." "You can't make that up!"
On Trump's claim that he'll wait and "keep you in suspense" to see if he would accept the results of the election, he stalled a bit. "That's — what's the word?" he asked, cutting to video of Clinton's "That's horrifying."
"I want to make sure I heard that correctly," he said. "Suspense! Democracy's going to end with a cliffhanger! I guess we're all going to have to wait until Nov. 9 to find out if we still have a country. If Donald Trump is in the mood for a peaceful transfer of power, or if he's just gonna wipe his fat ass with the Constitution!"
"But I don't want to give away how I feel about the rest of the debate," said Colbert. "I'm going to keep you in suspense."
Surprised that Trump agreed to debate in Las Vegas, because he "doesn't have a lot of luck with casinos or Vegas," Colbert offered his take on the night's fashion as well, calling Clinton "Star Trek: Deep Space Pope."
On Trump's claim that he "should've gotten" an Emmy for The Apprentice, Colbert simply told him: "You really should get one, they're fantastic," as he began lifting his own Emmys as hand weights.
"He lost to the Amazing Race. This year, it could go to the Amazing Racist."
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) October 20, 2016
"His eyes were closed most of the time — his voice was like a phone sex operator," said Kimmel of Trump's performance. "He did the worst Alec Baldwin impression of himself."
On Trump's choice to invite President Obama's half-brother to the event, Kimmel said he thinks he "always has the most interesting plus ones. If I was Hillary Clinton — I would have invited Billy Bush to the debate."
Welcoming special debate correspondent Ken Bone, Kimmel asked if he has decided who to vote for now.
"You should listen to the internet," said Bone. "I am not trustworthy and even after I’ve decided I won't tell anybody."
Kimmel also turned to kids to find out what they thought about the debate, which they weren't too excited about because "they were arguing a lot."
This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.