While Hurricane Florence is raining down destruction on the east coast, comedians are worried about "Shitstorm Donald" spreading more conspiracy theories on Twitter.
President Donald Trump ignited a storm of criticism Thursday by denying the death toll in Puerto Rico in wake of two devastating hurricanes last year, and late-night comedians Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers and Trevor Noah pounded him hard.
"President Trump has been laser focused on hurricane response this week -- just not this one," Colbert said in his monologue as Hurricane Florence began to touch down on the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina on Thursday night.
"He's talking about the one a year ago, because he's been tweeting a lot about what a great job he did responding to Hurricane Maria that decimated Puerto Rico last year, resulting in the death of almost 3,000 American citizens. It's really hard to imagine anything more horrible than that -- other than this tweet," Colbert said, then read the following tweets to his audience.
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
For Meyers, the tweets were more proof that POTUS is legitimately insane and described Trump's explanation as a "conspiracy theory."
"That’s the official death toll, you lunatic," the NBC star said, explaining it was an independent study -- which you can read right here -- commissioned by Puerto Rico.
See how all three comedians piled on the president below.
'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'
"If you watch the show, you know we kid the president about being a terrible person. But in reality, it is much worse than we could have imagined," the CBS star said to kick off his monologue.
After reading the president's outrageous tweets to his audience, Colbert marveled at Trump's "love" for Puerto Rico, despite frequently trashing the local government there. "'Yes, you're my favorite bunch of lying ungrateful, fake dead people. I like Puerto Ricans who don't die,'" Colbert joked in his Trump impression, referencing of course the president's infamous dig at the late Senator John McCain.
But behind the laughs, Colbert wanted his audience to turn off their TV's with this takeaway: "I just want tot state that not only is this a sickening tweet, it is in no way true."
'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah'
The Comedy Central star thought this conflict between Trump and a death toll study was "inevitable."
"After all the beef he's had, I feel like it was only a matter of time until he started a beef with dead people," Noah joked.
"What the president doesn’t seem to understand is that the effects of a hurricane last long after the storm has actually passed. And this should be pretty easy to understand," Noah explained. "Like the people on the Titanic who froze in the water still died because of the crash. The iceberg wasn’t like, 'Yo, I didn’t kill nobody. I just scraped some paint off a boat, you can take that other shit up with the ocean.'"
This was all set up for a segment that's left unspoiled as his team of comedic correspondents explored a political storm rivaling the actual hurricane currently ravaging the east coast.
"So now America isn’t just dealing with Hurricane Florence, it also has to deal with Shitstorm Donald," he said. Enjoy that ridiculous coverage in the video above.
'Late Night with Seth Meyers'
Meyers was stunned by Trump's tweets denying the death toll. "That is the official death toll ... and yet our deranged president doesn’t believe it," he said.
"Now we know why he’s so orange. His brain is just melted pumpkin guts," he joked. "We don’t need a book, we don’t need an anonymous op-ed to tell us the president is an addled narcissist who peddles one conspiracy theory after another."
The NBC star didn't just target Trump for his Puerto Rico tweets, though. He also got a kick out of the White House's series of low-budget PSAs starring Trump basically winging it on camera. "Don't play games with it, it's a big one," Trump warned Americans. "Bad things can happen when you're talking about a storm this size -- it's called Mother Nature. You never know, but we know."
Honestly, the video of Trump rambling natural disaster advice is funnier than any sketch a late-night comedian can do about it, but Meyers did drop this zinger: "That video is like a local news report where the meteorologist called in sick and the sports guy had to fill in at the last minute. 'The hurrricane came to play, but the first responders left it all out on the field.'"
Meyers added, "If you want people to take your message seriously, maybe have higher production quality than a mid-level YouTube star."