Kanye West explains his 'love' for Trump to Jimmy Kimmel, goes silent on whether Trump likes brown people
It was more than three minutes into Jimmy Kimmel's interview with Kanye West on Thursday's Kimmel Live before Kimmel brought up West's famously warm feelings for President Trump. Kimmel noted the strong, mixed reactions when West came out as a Trump supporter and asked if he thinks Trump is a good president. West tackled the first part, talking about choosing "love" over "fear" when he put on his MAGA hat.
"What it represented to me, it's not about policies — because I'm not a politician like that — but it represented overcoming fear and doing what you felt, no matter what anyone says," West said. "Liberals can't bully me, news can't bully me, the hip hop community, they can't bully me. Because at that point, if I'm afraid to be me, I'm no longer Ye." He added that he quite enjoys enraging people, then went on to discuss his views on slavery, being caught in a "simulation," and societal views on children, with a zinger: "We are too protective. We always don't want someone to get hurt — can you imagine me talking to my publicist before I said I'm going on TV again?"
West returned to love, and said society would be better if we treated everyone as our family, and Kimmel called that a "beautiful thought" then brought it back around to Trump. "In literal terms, there are families being torn apart at the border of this country ... as a result of what this president is doing," he said. "Whether we like his personality or not, his actions are really what matter. I mean, you so famously and powerfully said George Bush doesn't care about black people. It makes me wonder what makes you think Donald Trump does, or any people at all?" West sat silently in thought for a few seconds, Kimmel went to commercial, and they didn't discuss it again during the show. Watch below. Peter Weber
Stephen Colbert is pretty sure Trump got the Space Force idea from 'a Buzz Lightyear Happy Meal toy'
When it comes to the Space Force, Stephen Colbert wants to give credit where it's due.
In June, President Trump proposed establishing the Space Force as the sixth branch of the military, and it's the "boldest idea that he got from a Buzz Lightyear Happy Meal toy," Colbert said on Thursday night's Late Show. Earlier in the day, Vice President Mike Pence gave a speech at the Pentagon about the Space Force, and Colbert said it's "no surprise Pence is a huge fan of space; it's the farthest you can get from being alone with a human woman."
After Pence was finished at the Pentagon, Trump posted a simple tweet: "Space Force all the way!" "Space Force, you know I love it," Colbert said, activating his Trump voice. "I of course would join, but I have space spurs, I can't do it." An email was sent out to Trump supporters on Thursday afternoon, asking them to vote for their favorite Space Force insignia, even though "the final choice will be made by the Electoral Space College," Colbert quipped. They had six to choose from, but that wasn't enough for Colbert — watch the video below to see his special designs, including a special U.S.-Russia logo reading, "In space, no one can hear you collude." Catherine Garcia
Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert highlight the craziest parts of the charges against Trump pal Rep. Chris Collins
Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) "was one of [President] Trump's earliest backers, and Trump's repaid that loyalty," sometimes with a gratuitous insult thrown in, Seth Meyers said on Wednesday's Late Night. "If there's anyone who represents the modern Republican Party, the kind of guy who has fully and completely embraced the Trump era and draining the swamp, it's Chris Collins." That was the setup for the revelation that the FBI arrested and federal prosecutors indicted Collins on insider-trading and wire fraud charges Wednesday. "That's right, a sitting member of Congress has been charged for insider trading," he said. "It there anyone close to Trump who hasn't been charged with a crime?"
Meyers explained the charges, stemming from Collins sitting on the board of a biotech company, "which right off the bat is insane. A sitting member of Congress should not be on the board of a publicly traded company. That's like finding out an NFL referee is a part-owner of the Patriots — which I wouldn't be surprised to hear!"
The "crazy thing" is that Collins committed his alleged crime from the lawn of the White House, during a picnic, Stephen Colbert said at The Late Show. "In fact, and this is true, CBS News has exclusive footage of Collins on the phone at the picnic," presumably calling his son to urge him to dump shares, he said, and "The Late Show has acquired the audio," which he played. (Spoiler: It's fake.) Collins tried to call his son 15 seconds after learning the stock would tank but didn't get through until six calls and five minutes later. "If you want to conspire with your millennial children, you don't call, you text," Colbert said, and he had a suggested text message at the ready. Watch below. Peter Weber
Stephen Colbert grills a 'Religious Liberty Task Force' agent to make a point about Trump, religious liberty
Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new "religious liberty task force" at the Justice Department to protect religious groups from persecution. "Wow, that could put a real kink in their Muslim ban," Stephen Colbert said on Monday's Late Show. He had some things to say about the examples Sessions cited to show religious "persecution" in America — nuns having to offer employees contraception coverage, bakers unable to refuse to make same-sex wedding cakes — and the proof Sessions provided for Trump as a champion of religious liberty. "Yes, you're free to exercise any faith, however you choose to say Merry Christmas," Colbert deadpanned.
To investigate if the new task force is really a shoddily disguised sop to Christian nationalism, Colbert interviewed Religious Liberty Task Force special agent Tom Dockford (Rob Corddry), who really cleared things up, with occasional references to human anatomy.
Last week, The Late Show made a similar point by drawing Sessions into a Ghostbusters cartoon, complete with modified theme song. Watch below. Peter Weber
Han Solo's jacket from The Empire Strikes Back is going up for auction, "and it's expected to go for an estimated $1.3 million," Jimmy Kimmel said on Thursday's Kimmel Live. "And just think of the thrill you'd get from owning this jacket. You could say to your guests, 'This is Han Solo's jacket,' and they'd say, 'Cool.'" But why should Harrison Ford get all the glory? Mark Hamill walked on the show to auction off some of his Luke Skywalker props — and if you don't remember them, he has (dubious) photos. Watch below. Peter Weber
House Speaker Paul Ryan took a DNA test for the PBS show Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr., and on Wednesday's Late Show, Stephen Colbert said he "assumed the most shocking they'd find is that Ryan's great grandparents were Eddie Munster and Grover. But, it turns out, they found something way more unexpected: Surprise! Paul Ryan's slightly Jewish." Colbert had mixed feelings. "Haven't the Jewish people suffered enough?" he asked. "The Anti-Defamation League has already responded, saying: 'What?! Run the tests again!'"
Colbert had "one burning question" for Ryan, and it involves circumcision, "the price of admission" to the Jewish faith. And he had an offer that Ryan is sure to refuse: "Think of it this way, Paul: The foreskin is only 1 percent of the penis — and we know how much you love cuts for the 1 percent."
Colbert also invited economist Paul Krugman to explain global macroeconomic theory while riding a terrifying roller coaster. "If that sounds like fun to you, then you're not Nobel-prize winning economist Paul Krugman," he said. It turns out it was Krugman's first-ever roller coaster ride, and you can watch and learn below. Peter Weber
For those who decided not to keep up with the news over the weekend, Seth Meyers put together a crash course, filling viewers in on Monday night about Carter Page, President Trump's all-caps warning to Iran, and, of course, Michael Cohen's secret recordings.
During "A Closer Look," Meyers looked into why Trump is "obsessed with being secretly recorded," and the rambling answers he gives when asked about the matter. As we found out last week, Cohen, his former fixer and personal lawyer, taped without Trump's knowledge a 2016 conversation between the two regarding a payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who says she had an affair with Trump that ended in 2017.
Trump has been worried this whole time about being secretly recorded by outsiders, Meyers said, when it was really his own personal lawyer he needed to keep an eye on. "Everyone from his past is coming back to haunt him," he said. "If he ever goes on trial, it's going to look like the Seinfeld finale, but instead of the Soup Nazi, there will be actual Nazis." Watch the clip below. Catherine Garcia
Jimmy Kimmel was mostly incommunicado in the wilds of Montana when President Trump attacked him and other late-night hosts at a rally in South Carolina last month, so when Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon issued their joint response with help from Conan O'Brien, Kimmel knew only that Trump had said something negative about him, he explained on Monday's Kimmel Live. When he got back to civilization, he fired up Google and learned that Trump had spun an elaborate tale of Kimmel obsequiously greeting him before a 2016 taping of Kimmel Live, waiting for him to arrive, calling him "sir," and holding the door for him when he got out of his limo on Hollywood Boulevard.
"That never happened," Kimmel laughed. "It's a funny thing: We all know, like even the people who like the president know he makes things up. But still, it's weird to hear him tell a lie that specifically involves you." He explained that he didn't even greet Trump in his dressing room before the show — "I never do" — that guests don't enter the studio from Hollywood Boulevard, and that he'd never say "sir" to "the host of the friggin' Celebrity Apprentice."
"This is what really happened that night," Kimmel said, telling a story about Donald Trump banging on his studio door with half a bucket of chicken, urgently needing to use the facilities. The story gets kind of gross. "That's true — that story is exactly as true as his was," Kimmel said. Watch below. Peter Weber