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Late-night hosts on Trump's 'morally degenerate' support of Roy Moore

‘You know what I realized? I realized that essentially Donald Trump has set the Republican party free. He’s basically their Christian Grey, that’s what he is’ ... Trevor Noah.
Trevor Noah: ‘You know what I realized? I realized that essentially Donald Trump has set the Republican party free. He’s basically their Christian Grey, that’s what he is.’ Photograph: YouTube

Late-night hosts discussed the increased Republican support of Roy Moore, including from the president himself.

On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert brought up Donald Trump’s vocal support of Moore. The president has stressed the importance of having a Republican over a Democrat in the Senate, regardless of the sexual misconduct allegations.

In response, Moore tweeted that he wants to help Trump #MAGA. Colbert quipped: “Of course, that’s the sound teenage girls make when they see Roy Moore at the mall.”

Further allegations of impropriety emerged this week as a woman came forward to prove Moore dated her when he was 34 and she was 17, “or, as Roy Moore called her, a mature honey”, Colbert said.

She released a letter from Moore, and stated that she remembers dating him when her braces had been taken off. “Roy Moore would never date someone young enough to wear braces,” Colbert said. “He’s more of a retainer man.”

One of Moore’s supporters appeared on CNN to say that not enough time is being spent thinking about the women who haven’t accused Moore of any wrongdoing. “Everyone was so quick to call Jeffrey Dahmer a serial killer and a cannibal – but we forget about all the people he didn’t eat,” Colbert joked.

But not all Republicans have continued to support Moore, and on Tuesday Senator Jeff Flake tweeted an image of a check that he was sending to Moore’s opponent, Doug Jones. “Wow, I can’t believe that,” he said. “Someone still uses checks. Remind me not to get behind Jeff Flake at the grocery store.”

On The Daily Show, Trevor Noah questioned what kind of “morally degenerate” person would support someone like Roy Moore. Noah quickly answered his question with news reports of Trump coming forward to endorse him.

In a tweet aimed at Moore, Trump said “Go get ’em, Roy” to which Noah replied: “I feel like that’s the one thing you don’t want to say to a man who chases young girls.”

Noah then unveiled a rather strange analogy comparing Trump to the sado-masochistic character from Fifty Shades of Grey.

“You know what I realized?” he said. “I realized that essentially Donald Trump has set the Republican party free. He’s basically their Christian Grey, that’s what he is. He’s the playboy billionaire who came along and said, ‘I’m going to show you Republicans who you really are deep down on the inside’.”

On Late Night with Seth Meyers, the host decided to look at Rick Perry, Trump’s controversial choice to head up the department of energy. Meyers first went back to find footage of Trump criticizing Perry, who was not a fan of the ex-reality star.

“The list of reasons to dislike Trump is long, I know,” he said. “But I’m going to add the laziness of his impressions.”

Meyers then went back through the archives to find examples of Perry’s many gaffes, including a presidential debate where he forgot the name of a department he wanted to destroy.

“That should have been the last time anyone saw Rick Perry,” he said. “Once you Bill-Buckner a debate like that, you should be the answer to a trivia question at best.”

Reports suggest that Perry took on the job, thinking he would be a global ambassador for the US oil industry but was surprised to hear what it actually entailed. “Imagine finding out after you accepted a job, that the job description included managing nuclear weapons,” Meyers said. “I got pissed when I found out mine included animal segments.”

It’s been alleged that Perry’s decisions in the role have been affected by his desire to help Trump backer and “litigious coal tycoon” Bob Murray, whose business depends on such support.

“Imagine finding out your whole livelihood came down to Rick Perry,” he said. “It’s like when the Vietnam war came down to Forrest Gump.”

This article titled "Late-night hosts on Trump's 'morally degenerate' support of Roy Moore" was written by Guardian staff, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 6 December 2017 04.47pm

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