For some reason, President Trump has taken a particular interest in Amazon this past week, tweeting multiple times about the company, and leading to significant drops in its stock. So the late-night comedians decided to dig in and try to figure out what was really going on.
Trump has alleged that Amazon is using and abusing the United States Postal Service, calling them Amazon's "delivery boys" and claiming each Amazon package delivered costs the Post Office $1.50. Before late night could even weigh in, Fox News' Shepard Smith decided to fact-check the president's tweets Tuesday afternoon to see where he was coming up with this information. His ultimate conclusion on the tweets? "None of that was true."
Trump tweeted that Amazon's business practices were "not fair to our taxpayers," but Smith's team found on the post office website, "The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses." Furthermore, the post office makes money off of each package it delivers, no matter who ships it. It's kind of their business model.
"The reason Trump has it out for Amazon is because the owner, Chuck Bezos, also owns The Washington Post newspaper that is constantly digging up stories on [Trump] and his people," Kimmel theorized. "And also Trump is jealous because Jeff Bezos is actually a billionaire."
He went on to point out Trump's latest Amazon tweet:
I am right about Amazon costing the United States Post Office massive amounts of money for being their Delivery Boy. Amazon should pay these costs (plus) and not have them bourne by the American Taxpayer. Many billions of dollars. P.O. leaders don't have a clue (or do they?)!
"But why insult the people at the post office by calling them Amazon's delivery boys? They deliver things. That's what they do," he said. "It doesn't make them boys. They're adults."
He then offered up an alternative for Amazon in the wake of criticism of their usage of the U.S. Postal Service. But "Amazon Cannon" comes with its own drawbacks, as his commercial clearly shows.
"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"
Jimmy Fallon offered up his own theory as to why the president has been targeting Amazon this week. "It's all part of Trump's plan to get Amazon's stock to match his approval rating," he said.
But he also offered up an imaginary scenario that might help redirect the president. "President Trump has been sending angry tweets about Amazon for the way they run their business," he said. "Then someone handed Trump some bubble wrap from an Amazon box and he forgot all about it. 'Oh my God, this is amazing! Can you hear it pop?'"
Seth Meyers just couldn't believe that the President of the United State was taking up his what-should-be-valuable time with this ongoing feud with Amazon. Doesn't he have more important things to do? And why do we have to hear about everything he thinks to be angry about?
"This is when I appreciate Twitter," Meyers said. "It used to be if you wanted to hear a 71-year-old man whining about the post office, you had to go to the post office. 'The line's too long!'"