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Late-Night Hosts Gang Up on Donald Trump Ahead of Midterms

Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, and others strain to connect the president to the Pittsburgh shooter — and much more

America’s late-night comedians are kicking their political rhetoric into high gear as the country heads into the midterm elections.

As if they’re all reading from the same narrative-pushing cue cards, these liberal comics are doing their best to connect President Donald Trump to the recent horrific shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left multiple people dead.

In response to a tweet from the president calling fake news the “enemy of the people” and suggesting it was helping to creating an environment of hostility, Jimmy Kimmel (pictured above left) said of Trump, “If you stop saying mean things about me, I’ll stop inciting angry lunatics to kill you. He [Trump] lashed out via Twitter blaming the media for the recent violence. Like when a bully punches you and says, ‘Stop hitting yourself.’ He wrote the fake enemy of the people. No wonder he bankrupted all the casinos. He doesn’t know how to gamble.”

The leftist comedian continued, “He tweeted this in the wake of another senseless mass shooting in Pittsburgh. He wrote, ‘This evil, anti-Semitic attack is an assault on humanity. It will take all of us working together to extract the poison of anti-Semitism from our world. We must unite to conquer hate.’ OK. No way he wrote that, but fine, it’s a good statement later. A few hours later, this is his next tweet. ‘Watching the dodgers/red sox final innings. It is amazing how a manager takes out a pitcher who is loose and dominating through almost seven innings.'”

Trump’s actual tweets about fake news read: “There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news. The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news accurately & fairly. That will do much to put out the flame … of Anger and Outrage and we will then be able to bring all sides together in Peace and Harmony. Fake News Must End!”

Stephen Colbert (above right) went after Trump on Monday night, too, choosing to focus not only on the synagogue shooter, but also the president’s response to the migrant caravan going viral and headed to the U.S.-Mexico border.

“One bit of Trump rhetoric that has really riled the Right lately has been the immigrant caravan that Trump and his friends falsely claim is funded by Jewish billionaire George Soros. The bomber appeared to be obsessed with Soros, mentioning him dozens of times on one of his Twitter accounts,” Colbert said.

He then continued, “And the Pittsburgh shooter also reposted several viral comments on a since-deactivated social media account about the migrant caravan. One post described the ‘third-world caravan’ as a group of approaching ‘invaders.’ If you’re wondering where two fringe lunatics could latch onto the same racist conspiracy theory, I’ll give you a hint: It’s Fox News.”

Trevor Noah, host of “The Daily Show,” also suggested on Monday night that “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist” to connect the synagogue shooter to the president.

No, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist, Noah. You just have to be an agenda-driven late-night host.

Check out Stephen Colbert’s recent comments on Trump below: