Stephen Colbert went on the record to declare "we do" care about those migrant families being detained at the border, while Trevor Noah and Seth Meyers took shots at Melania's marriage.
Late-night stars literally could not believe Melania Trump wore a "I REALLY DON'T CARE DO U?" jacket on her way to visit immigrant children being detained at the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday.
Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers and Jimmy Fallon all set up their respective jokes by stressing the photo that outraged Twitter earlier in the day was indeed real and not Photoshopped. Trevor Noah was so stunned by the tone-deaf fashion faux pas, he simply said, "Wow."
Colbert stressed to his viewers, "Before we show you this photo, please know it's real. We checked it so many times because we thought, 'This has to be fake.'" Like Noah over on Comedy Central, Colbert's sidekick Jon Batiste even groaned, "Wow," multiple times.
And that wasn't the only reaction late-night TV had in common. Many of the joke writers had the same ideas across the networks.
'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'
The CBS star arrived at the jacket in question by first showing footage of Melania meeting with a border patrol official and saying "it's great" that migrants are being detained, on average, for "42 to 45 days."
"That's great?" Colbert questioned, then said, "When I heard she was doing this, I thought, 'Okay, this is what first ladies often do.' You go to a troubled area, they see the children, they show that we care. You can't mess that up."
"Guess what? I spoke too soon," he added, then flashed his viewers a picture of the jacket that was so unbelievable, his team had to fact check it.
"Today, on her way to show that she cares, Melania wore a jacket that says, 'I REALLY DON'T CARE DO U?'" Colbert explained, then reacted with more disbelief. "That's what they settled on?”
"What was her first choice, a jacket that says ‘womp womp?'" he joked. "She's forgotten the most fashion advice: Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take off that jacket."
Colbert dumped on the first lady's spokesperson's statement that insisted there was no hidden message. "Right! It’s definitely not hidden! It’s right on the back. And I’m going to guess this was one message she did not steal from Michelle Obama," he joked.
The comedian wondered "how many people would be fired" over this from a "normal White House."
"One? Five? The entire executive branch?" Colbert asked. "Because in the middle of the worst moral scandal in recent memory so bad that her husband backed down for the first time in memory, people who were supposedly on her side let her get on a plane with a jacket that said ‘I REALLY DON'T CARE DO U?' And for the record, we do."
"Be best, everybody," he concluded, which is a dig at Melania's much-mocked official White House initiative.
'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah'
"Wow," a stunned Noah started his brief coverage of the jacket. "It looks like when Melania was in the hospital, she had her last f--k removed."
"Although, it is kind of sweet she made a jacket out of her and Donald's wedding vows," he joked, then brought it full circle. "Now look, we could spend forever talking about how out of touch this makes Melania seem, but I really don't care -- do you?"
'Late Night with Seth Meyers
Meyers, like Colbert, introduced the jacket to his audience by clarifying, "This is a true thing."
And then like Noah, cracked a joke about how the jacket could actually be referencing her DGAF attitude about her relationship with her husband.
"You know a lot of people are giving her a hard time about it, but I think it's nice that she had a jacket made to display her wedding vows," he joked.
"After Melania Trump was spotted wearing the jacket, her spokesperson said, 'It's a jacket, there was no hidden message,'" Meyers said. "Hidden? It was literally spelled out. That's like saying if you play an Aerosmith song forwards it contains hidden messages about about 'Love in an Elevator.'"
'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'
"This is real," Fallon also had to tell his audience while setting up his monologue joke about the jacket.
"Nobody really knows what it means or if it means anything at all," he said, then joked, "Meanwhile, President Trump was going through his closet like, 'Where the hell is my coat? Where is it? Where's my favorite coat?"
Fallon didn't dig into the jacket, but he did take a few jabs at Melania's relationship with the president.
"First lady Melania Trump made a surprise visit to the U.S.-Mexico border, and this isn't good -- she brought her passport and everything she owns," Fallon joked.
His last zinger: "Actually I heard that Melania pressured Donald to end his family separation policy. She promised that if he did, she'd let him hold her hand for a whole three seconds."