The late night hosts had a big day with Donald Trump’s recent attempt to overturn Joe Biden’s presidential win. From criticism to musical numbers, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel and more specifically Trump’s demand that Georgian officials give him more votes to secure a second term.
“Virtually the entire Republican Party started the year by making it clear that it is actively trying to destroy democracy,” said the Late night with Seth Meyers Host said.
On Sunday, the Washington Post released a taped call between Trump and several Georgian officials asking state officials to “find 11,780 votes” to undo Biden’s victory in Peach State. While the tone hears Trump questioning the legitimacy of Georgia’s results, he’s not the only GOP figure calling for a wrong election.
During his “A Closer Look” segment, Meyers called on Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley to their efforts to delegitimize Biden’s presidential victory and stated that they too were part of the Republican Party’s “active goal” to undo democracy.
“They are not campaigning for the integrity of the elections or trying to restore confidence in our democracy. They are petty henchmen with a hair-raising plan to steal an election hatched by a deranged tyrant who speaks upside down like a mafia boss in injury, ”Meyers said.
While Meyer’s expressing disappointment and cynicism over the published call, Jimmy Kimmel said he took the time to take it all in.
“I’ve listened to it twice,” he said during his opening monologue on Monday. “I listened to the whole thing like it was a surprising Taylor Swift album.”
Kimmel noted that in the face of Trump’s alleged desperation, the president had “tried everything” from bragging to challenging to threatening.
“If you haven’t heard it, hear it, it’s pathetic,” said Kimmel.
The Today’s show with Jimmy Fallon also targeted the headline-making call.
“Apparently, Trump’s New Year’s resolution every January is to find new ways to get charged,” joked Fallon.
For the Late Show with Stephen Colbert Trump’s phone call with Georgia officials inspired a Stevie Wonder musical cover. Tune in to the Stevie Wonder hit: “I just called to say I love you.” Late showThe parody underscores Trump’s desperation to question the election results.
“Hey Brad, it’s me / The eighteenth time / I wonder if you would commit a small crime / Recalculate / If you don’t mind / Only 11,780 votes you have to find,” the joke song says.
The chorus of the parody number continues: “I just called to save my ego / I only called to kill democracy / I just called to say I was desperate / and I mean it from the very bottom where my heart should be. “
See the segments of late night hosts below.
On #LSSC Tonight: The perfect @ StevieWonder song for the President calling Georgia officials 18 times to try to overturn the election. pic.twitter.com/2dnojxySS7
– A late show (@colbertlateshow) January 5, 2021