Before late-night comedians collectively clobbered Donald Trump on Tuesday night for claiming he misspoke during that disastrous press conference with Russian president Vladimir Putin Monday, a number of Hollywood stars beat them to the punch.
As stars continued to rage against POTUS for suggesting he trusted Russia over U.S. intelligence reports that foreign agents meddled in the 2016 presidential election, they marveled at Trump's claim he meant to say "wouldn't" instead of "would" in an attempt to explain away a sentence that even conservatives have been calling treasonous.
During the summit with Putin, Trump was asked if he would condemn Russian involvement in American elections and warn them not to do it again. Trump responded by acknowledging that U.S. intelligence had reached this conclusion, but that Putin had told him it wasn't Russia, adding "I don't know why it would be." Now, he says he meant to say, "I don't know why it wouldn't be Russia."
"F--k this and everyone who takes it seriously," said "Parks and Recreation" creator Michael Schur while tweeting a link to a news report about Trump's flip flop.
"Silicon Valley" star Kumail Nanjiani took aim at the Republican party for not condemning Trump for siding with Putin over U.S. intelligence agencies. "This laughably obvious lie is good enough for us." - every member of GOP," the comedian tweeted.
Edgar Wright, the filmmaker behind comedy hits "Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz" and "Baby Driver," simply responded to Trump's latest statement with, "Good lord."
One of the most viral responses came from singer-songwriter and former pop star Richard Marx, who famously sang '80s hit, "Right Here Waiting for You."
"I misspoke. I meant to say I 'wouldn't' be right here waiting for you," he joked in a tweet that has been retweeted by a number of stars, including director Ava DuVernay.
To make matters worse for Trump, on Tuesday the media ran with a photo of Trump's notes for his press conference attempting to explain away the statement that outraged Americans on Monday. "There was no collusion," was written in sharpie (with a spelling error, of course) and he had crossed out a line reading, "and those involved in meddling should be brought to justice."
See more highly skeptical reactions to Trump's laughable explanation below.
By what reason should Trump should be allowed keep his job? The most benign explanation for his behavior is "utter incompetence." Less benign explanations involve psychological illness and deliberate treason. Regardless, he needs to slide that ample ass right out the front door.
Trump now claims he misspoke, that he meant to say he sees no reason it "wouldn't" be Russia when he meant "would" be Russia. He also meant to say he fired Comey over "rushing things" not "the Russia thing" and that Mexicans are "rap artists" not "rapists."
To give this the necessary context, he did this immediately after changing his diapers and cleaning up his yuck yuck like a big boy in big boy pants, so he was in a rush when he spelled collusion wrong. But then he got his binky and his milk & had Putin sing him night night. https://t.co/Lx1A4sTPps
"Where were you the night of Oct. 12?" "I was out murdering eight people." "A-ha! We got you!" "Wait. Hang on." *TWENTY-SEVEN HOURS LATER* "Let me clarify. I meant to say I WASN'T out murdering eight people." "Dangit. Okay. You're free to go."