"You're calling a humanitarian disaster that left thousands of American citizens dead an 'unappreciated' success," Meyers says in response to Trump's latest distortion of reality.
Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers showered their viewers in jokes about President Donald Trump praising his administration's response to the hurricane disaster in Puerto Rico last summer, despite the toll reportedly reaching nearly 3,000.
"I think in a certain way the best job we did was Puerto Rico, but nobody would understand that," the president said in a press conference this week.
Much of the media disagreed, along with these two late-night comedians.
"Yes, it's hard to understand that," Colbert responded. "Just like it's hard to understand that in a certain way, the Hindenburg crash was one of aviation's most spectacular landings."
Trump's latest A+ performance review of his team's work came as he took to the airwaves to warn Americans in the path of Hurricane Florence to prepare and assure that the federal government is ready to respond with disaster relief.
Colbert's assurance to his viewers: "I just want to say if you're not evacuated on the coast of the Carolinas, don't worry, Donald Trump is bragging he's prepared to make you the next Puerto Rico."
Colbert also pointed to Trump's tweets on the subject.
We got A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida (and did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico, even though an inaccessible island with very poor electricity and a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan). We are ready for the big one that is coming!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 12, 2018
3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2018
.....This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2018
Colbert found the first one particularly amusing. "What do you mean by inaccessible? People go there for spring break. It's not that island where they're hiding King Kong."
Meyers raised his eyebrow over the same tweet. And as late-night hosts have a habit of doing while piling on Trump, he dropped pretty much the exact same joke. "First of all Puerto Rico is not an inaccessible island," Meyers said. "You're talking about it like it's Skull Island."
But he tore into Trump on a much deeper level in one of his signature "Closer Look" segments.
"You're calling a humanitarian disaster that left thousands of American citizens dead an 'unappreciated' success while attacking the people who actually tried to do something about it," Meyers railed. "Not only is our president a callous incompetent moron, he's also an ass."
Meyers also marveled at President Trump's description of the incoming storm: "They haven't seen anything like what's coming at us in 25-30 years, maybe ever. It's tremendously big and tremendously wet."
The NBC late-night host compared Trump to a 5th grader rambling about seeing a mall fountain for the first time. "It was tremendously big and tremendously wet, and I threw a quarter in and I wished that I wasn't president anymore," Meyers joked.
The National Hurricane Center has issued a life-threatening storm surge warning for the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina as Category 2 storm Hurricane Florence barrels toward the states with 105-MPH wind and lots of rain, or as our president refers to it, wet stuff.