It was such a tumultuous and fast-moving day of "no chaos" in the White House Tuesday, the late-night comedians could hardly keep up with it. The development that White House Economic Advisor Gary Cohn was resigning came during Stephen Colbert's taping, leading to a quick adjustment after discussing Donald Trump's earlier assertion that "there is no chaos, only great energy!"
And Colbert wasn't the only one riveted by the fast-paced changes going on throughout the day. Former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg's wild ride through all the media outlets, after he was subpoenaed by Robert Mueller, caught the attention of Trevor Noah, Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers, while James Corden offered up another suggestion of who we all might like to see leave the White House.
The new Fake News narrative is that there is CHAOS in the White House. Wrong! People will always come & go, and I want strong dialogue before making a final decision. I still have some people that I want to change (always seeking perfection). There is no Chaos, only great Energy!
Trump kicked off the discussion himself with his tweet, ironically coming just hours before Cohn tendered his resignation and Sam Nunberg went off the rails, leading to one of the most chaotic days yet for the Trump White House. It was pure joy for late-night television, even if it was almost more than they could manage to squeeze in to one night's shows.
Stephen Colbert offered up a quick roundtable of Sam Nunberg's wild day in the media, culminating in the MSNBC moment when he was accused of having the smell of alcohol on his breath. "I don't know what's more disturbing, him going on the news drunk or me having to watch the news sober," Colbert said. "He says he wasn't drinking, but drunk or sober, Nunberg had one consistent message."
That message was that he had absolutely no intention of submitting to Mueller's subpoena, and in fact was willing to be put in jail ... because he totally thought he wouldn't get put in jail for defying the order.
"You see that Robert Mueller, you'll never crack Sam Nunberg," Colbert said, "who then told the AP, 'I'm going to end up cooperating with them.'" That's right, within hours, Nunberg had changed his whole tune and expressed his intent to cooperate. Clearly, someone finally got him to listen.
Trevor Noah summed up Nunberg's behavior throughout the day on Tuesday pretty succinctly, saying, "Yesterday, we were introduced to [Robert] Mueller's latest victim, a former Trump aide by the name of Sam Nunberg, who was so freaked out when he got a subpoena from Muller that he went on national television and lost his goddamned mind."
He then showed a series of clips featuring Nunberg slamming virtually everyone on Trump's staff and even saying that there is no one alive who hates Trump more than he does. "I know the stereotype is that women gossip, but every man who works for Trump keeps proving that stereotype wrong," Noah said. "These guys are like human Wikileaks. The women, though, they keep their shit on lock. Like Kellyanne Conway never snitches. You actually leave interviews with her knowing less than when you started. Sarah Huckabee Sanders? Fort Knox. Hope Hicks? She was communications director and we never even heard her speak."
"Jimmy Kimmel Live"
Kimmel had a lot of fun with Nunberg's antics as well, calling him "the new cast member on 'Celebrity Ap-President.'"
"Sam Nunberg is a guy who was fired from the Trump campaign after they found racist postings on his Facebook page," Kimmel pointed out. "This might be my favorite Season 2 character addition since Ben Linus on 'Lost.' I kept waiting for him to check his beeper to see if his dealer had gotten back to him."
He then pointed out the irony of Trump tweeting about the great energy of the White House just two hours before Gary Cohn announced his resignation. He showed a clip of Trump touting, "They love this White House because we have energy like rarely before," then countered with Cohn's resignation. "He doesn't want to work in the White House," Kimmel said.
James Corden wasn't put at ease by Trump's tweet, either. "Trump said there's still people in the White House he'd like to replace," Corden pointed out. "Yeah, we'd all like to replace someone in the White House. That's not just you."
He then poked fun at the president for proclaiming that he had taken a call from North Korea expressing their interest in opening talks with the United States. "The White House later clarified that Trump did not, in fact, take a phone call with North Korea. He was actually talking to South Korea," Corden said. "Really hard to get your hopes up about peace when the president's like, 'OK, which one's the bad Korea?'
"Late Night with Seth Meyers"
Seth Meyers drew attention to the fact that even former President George W. Bush is laughing about these gaffes, with the National Journal reporting him as saying, "Makes me look pretty good, doesn't it?"
"But I wouldn't be too excited that this is what it takes to make you look good," Meyers pointed out.
Meyers couldn't resist poking fun at Nunberg's cable news tour, either, even bringing out one of his writers who resembles the former aide for a comedy bit. "At least at a bar they say, 'Hey man, you've had one too many.' I'm a 36-year-old man who thought Donald Trump would be a good president," said Meyers' fake Nunberg. "I can't be trusted to make my own decisions. How dare you, cable news! How dare you!"