Late night hosts used President Donald Trump’s Oval Office speech, which addressed the border wall and government shutdown and was carried by the nation’s biggest broadcast and cable networks, as comedic fodder on Tuesday night.
On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the host announced, “Trump’s address pre-empted our regularly scheduled CBS programming, FBI,” at which time a poster of the procedural drama FBI appeared on the screen. “Not the first time he’s interfered with an FBI investigation,” Colbert continued.
He went on to hypothesize, “I think Trump gave that speech because he misses being on prime time television.” Colbert then gave an impersonation of Trump as a participant on the entrepreneurial show, Shark Tank, seeking billions of dollars to fund his border wall.
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Over on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the host joked, “This was Trump’s first address from the Oval Office. Up until now he’d been using it for Kardashian meet-and-greets, but tonight he got serious.”
“All the major networks covered his speech live and for good reason,” he continued. “It was historic. Rarely does a president of the United States interrupt primetime television to warn us about a completely made-up thing. He desperately wants us to be worried about this.”
Kimmel then pointed out the fundamental mistake that he believes Trump has made. “If you are Donald Trump – God forbid – and you make a dumb promise during your campaign like 200 different times, to build a wall, and your plan to fulfill that promise is to get people panicked enough to waste five billion dollars on it, going on TV and telling us there are ‘bad hombres’ sneaking over the border … that’s not going to do it.”
He put forward an idea. “If you really want to come up with a fake border crisis make it a scary border crisis. Go on TV and say don’t say there are illegal immigrants, say there is an army of chupacabras crawling in through Tijuana.”
On NBC, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon also took time to speak about Trump’s address and the proposed wall, saying, “Things got weird when he said, ‘It can all be yours for five easy payments of one billion dollars.’ “
The host also noted the networks the address was aired on, including Spanish language network Telemundo. “When Trump saw footage of himself speaking Spanish he had himself deported,” Fallon quipped.
Late Night host Seth Meyers tweeted a question during Trump’s address, “Somebody please add ‘and live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!’ into the teleprompter.” He later added, “Is this Oval Office: SVU?” in reference to the show Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.
This article originally appeared in THR.com.