A-list comedians gather for Letterman but Trump rents massive space in their heads

If nothing else, Republican voters can bask in just how thoroughly President Donald Trump is in the heads of liberal Americans. Aside from the appointment of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, this may be the greatest victory yet.

In fact, Trump is in their heads so much they can’t even pat each other on the back without lamenting.

The 20th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, set to air in late November, was intended to honor David Letterman, but a more prominent feeling was pervasive throughout the night.

…that being an anti-Trump sentiment.

The A-listers on hand at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., included Amy Schumer, Martin Short, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, and Jimmy Kimmel, according to The Hill.

Kimmel, who recently discovered that attacking the Republican president is good for ratings among late-night viewers, added to his anti-Trump repertoire while lamenting the loss of Barack Obama as president.

“When Dave left 17 long months ago, we had no idea how much trouble we were in for,” he said of the retired Letterman, who looked on from the audience with his family.

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“This is your fault. All of it,” Kimmel quipped. Everything was fine until you went off the air.”

He admonished the former “Late Show” host for abandoning liberal America, saying Letterman “left us to live with an abusive orange stepfather.”

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Trump was on the mind of the honoree, as well.

Letterman, no fan of Trump’s, repeated a quote from Twain in closing out the night — the same quote Trump tweeted in 2014, The Hill reported.

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”

While establishment Republicans work to stymie the Trump agenda, to the dismay of the president’s supporters, they can revel in the reality that he’s driving liberals mad.

Another positive note, former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno paid tribute to his rival, saying that “even when he was mean to me, it was funny.”


In a piece published by The Hollywood Reporter, Leno said “the best days of my career were doing ‘Late Night With David Letterman.'”

And while he couldn’t help but remind Letterman that he received the Mark Twain award first, Leno insisted there “was no animosity there.”

“Comics have a bond: You have more in common with your worst enemy if they’re a comic than you do with your best friend, because you share something that regular people just don’t get,” he said.

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Something else regular people just don’t get… allowing hatred for the sitting president of the United States to rule your thoughts. Get a life, guys.


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