Best of Late Night: Trevor Noah Isn’t Surprised That Trump Offended a Fallen Soldier’s Widow


Trevor Noah said, “I don’t think we should be surprised that Trump offended this family. We’ve all heard him speak: We’re offended every day.” Credit Comedy Central

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‘We’re Offended Every Day’

On “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah said he was not shocked that President Trump had offended the widow of a fallen soldier during a phone conversation this week. Mr. Trump had told the wife of Sgt. La David T. Johnson that her husband “knew what he signed up for” when he joined the military, according to Mr. Johnson’s mother.

“I don’t think we should be surprised that Trump offended this family. We’ve all heard him speak: We’re offended every day. What do you think, a phone is going to magically transform him into Sir Phineas the Eloquent? Like, Trump’s going to be talking, like, ‘All these losers and haters! Bing bing, bong bong — bigly! Hold on, I gotta make a call. Greetings and salutations. My soul is awash in a great flood of sorrow as I reflect upon your circumstance. Where was I? Little Rocket Man!’ It’s not going to happen.” — TREVOR NOAH

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Mr. Noah also criticized Mr. Trump for going out of his way to claim that President Obama often failed to contact the families of fallen soldiers, an unsubstantiated assertion that added a layer of controversy.

“How do you start with something so clear and then suddenly veer off track? It’s like Trump was handed the baton in a race, and instead of staying in his lane he walks off the track, gets into a car, drives the car off a cliff, rolls down the cliff, the car explodes, he gets out of the car, dusts himself off, and he’s like, ‘Why didn’t Obama drive?’” — TREVOR NOAH

BET’s ‘The Rundown’ Reimagines ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

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On “The Rundown,” BET’s new late-night show, the host Robin Thede imagined a world where microaggressions were outlawed, in a segment she called “The Hairmaid’s Tale.”

The Bits Worth Watching

Anthony Atamanuik’s Mr. Trump responded to Senator John McCain’s criticisms: “McCain is not my friend. And you know who else isn’t my friend? N.F.L. players, military widows, Hawaiian judges, Hawaiian pizza, everyone in the White House, that ‘me too’ hashtag, and you people!”

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As his week in Brooklyn nears its end, Jimmy Kimmel challenged his audience to identify where a few beards were from: Williamsburg, Brooklyn, or Civil War-era Gettysburg, Pa.

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Enjoy the Weekend

All the late-night hosts who were on vacation this week will return Monday. The Times Late-Night Comedy Committee will be back here Tuesday morning to recap all the action.

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Correction: October 20, 2017

An earlier version of this article misstated the state Gettysburg is located in. It is in Pennsylvania, not Virginia.

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