And Trevor Noah points out the hypocrisy of the Trump administration complaining about a reporter touching a young woman when the president famously bragged about grabbing women by the -- well, you know.
Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah all went in on White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for sharing doctored video of CNN reporter Jim Acosta's verbal confrontation with President Donald Trump.
In between their jokes, Kimmel and Colbert appeared seriously rattled by the Trump administration pulling this brazen stunt and called for Sanders to be fired.
Not only did she falsely accuse Acosta of assaulting a White House intern while holding onto the microphone to ask the president about that migrant caravan he was so obsessed with leading up to the Midterm Elections, she used an Infowars video that is blatantly edited to make it appear as if Acosta forcibly took a chop at the young woman's arm. In reality, as we all saw, his hand merely brushed her arm as he continued to focus on his exchange with the president.
"President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration. We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern," Sanders said Wednesday. "This conduct is absolutely unacceptable. It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter’s colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question."
"As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice," she added. "We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video."
Watch the video for yourself before exploring how late-night hosts tore it apart, and even made their own absurd doctored videos.
We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video. pic.twitter.com/T8X1Ng912y— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018
'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'
The ABC late-night host gave his audience a play-by-play analysis of just how the video of Acosta's interaction with the young woman was edited to make it appear like some kind of an assault.
He noted it was not only sped up to make his hand's slight brush with hers appear as some kind of chop and they cut the audio of him politely saying, "Pardon me, ma'am."
Kimmel was floored by the absurdity of the entire situation.
"Jim Acosta clearly never touched that White House intern. That's just a lie," he said, then joked about a silver lining: "And I think this also might be the first time I've seen Sarah Sanders take the woman's side on any subject ever. So good for her, baby steps."
"But she should be forced to resign for that. I mean, she intentionally disseminated doctored footage to discredit a reputable journalist. She's the White House press secretary. She should be fired for that," he said. "Sarah Huckabee Sanders should be fired and sent to live in a Jo-Ann's fabric store for all the rest of her life."
He then went in on "vampire" Kellyanne Conway for sharing "some of her fakest indignation to date" on cable news, arguing Acosta owes their intern an apology.
"It is so ridiculous," Kimmel marveled. "It is so dumb, I've decided the best course of action here is to go right to the source's mouth."
He then squared off against a grotesque puppet version of Conway, who accused "Jerry" Kimmel of putting his hands on her during the faux satellite interview. And she had video evidence, which you can enjoy in the video above.
"That was you hitting me in the face with a gold club and Jim Acosta cheering you on," puppet Conway said. "These are authentic videos published on a mixed martial arts sub Reddit. I'm pulling your press pass, too!"
'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'
The CBS late-night host described Trump's post-election press conference as a "White House press tantrum," then joked that the intern that tried to grab the mic away from Acosta had "the worst intern assignment."
"'Alan, you're in charge of coffee runs today; Brad you're in charge of making copies; Kathy, you'll be destroying the First Amendment,'" Colbert joked.
While many people are outraged that the White House revoked Acosta's press credentials, Colbert didn't sound too worried. "Oh no. Now how will he not get answers to his questions?" he said with thick sarcasm.
When he read Sarah Huckabee Sanders' explanation for revoking the CNN reporter's credentials, Colbert's entire audience booed.
And the source of the video didn't make Sanders look much better in her critics eyes, either. "If anyone out there is not familiar with Infowars, congratulations, can we switch brains?" Colbert joked before describing host Alex Jones as a "hot dog you forgot to pierce before microwaving."
Then, for a moment, he took a step closer to the camera to get serious: "And the fact that the White House press secretary is promoting this doctored video is reprehensible and grounds for dismissal. Or as they call it in the Trump administration, Thursday."
He concluded by noting it's going to be hard to believe any other videos that come out of the White House, and got very creative with imagining how the Trump administration would doctor videos about two more CNN foes, April Ryan and Jake Tapper. Watch those gems above before Sanders tweets them out as proof that CNN reporters are evil murderers.
'The Daily Show'
Noah joked that Acosta and Trump have sparred so much in public that "they're like the 50 Cent and Ja Rule of politics." He also couldn't resist calling the president out for one of his most famous lines before showing his viewers how the White House got "a little creative with their evidence."
"This White House does not tolerate grabbing women by the arm. It's only okay to grab them by the pussy, like a gentleman," he joked. "The problem with the White House explanation is that everybody saw that Acosta did not assault the intern, so the White House had to get a little creative with their evidence."
Noah played the clip doctored by Infowars and noted the far-right conspiracy theory platform has been banned by Youtube, Facebook and Spotify, "But the White House is like, 'We got you, man, we got you.'"
And yeah, the fact that Trump is now using doctored footage to prove something that everyone knows is a lie is deeply disturbing but also, it's just lazy. If you're going to use a fake video, use a fake video. They should go all that, and do something like this."
Enjoy that in the video above.