In light of Donald Trump’s stunning Presidential victory this week, late-night talk show hosts are left with a pretty big dilemma.
Do they keep mocking everything Trump does and says? Do they keep treating him like the racist, manipulative lunatic that he certainly appears to be?
Or do they take him far more seriously and treat him with more respect… now that he’s actually the President-Elect of the United States?
Seth Meyers may not have a long-term answer to this question. But he simply had to get a few things off his chest during his first broadcast since the world changed for the darker.
Or at least the more orange.
"One of the things I’ve tried to make clear over [the 18 months I’ve been talking about Trump] is how I’ve been wrong about him at every turn,” Meyers told his audience.
“When he first came down the escalator at Trump Tower and announced [he wanted to run], I boldly said on this show it was a stunt, and he would never really run. I then said he would never win the GOP nomination, and I certainly didn’t think he would be our next president.
"But the good news is, based on this pattern of me being wrong on every one of my Donald Trump predictions, he’s probably going to be a great fucking president!
"Let’s just hope this trajectory holds."
After then making a few jokes about his son and his own response to Trump as President, Meyers talked about the letdown of this country NOT seeing its first woman Commander-in-Chief.
That sucks, he said, but…
"That does mean that someone’s daughter is out there right now who will one day have that title … and whoever you are, I hope I live to see your inauguration," he said.
Meyers proceeded to choke up a bit when discussing how disappointed his mother is over Clinton’s loss.
Her name is also Hillary and she very badly wanted to be alive when a woman was sworn in to the Oval Office.
It was emotional stuff.
And it came on the heels of Stephen Colbert having the unique opportunity to address Showtime viewers live on air as the election results came in.
Here is how he handled that job:
Meyers did go on to express empathy for Trump supporters.
And even hope for Trump himself.
"In general, I am hopeful for President Trump because hope is always the best possible path to take, and one thing that makes me hopeful is we know from interviews he’s given over the years that he has, at any given point, held every position on every issue.
"He’s been pro-choice, pro-life, for the Iraq War, against the Iraq War. Pretty much his only consistent position has been: anti-Rosie O’Donnell.
"So I’m hopeful that he’s not actually a racist, and that he just used racist rhetoric to court voters – because when you’re courting someone, you’re always willing to pretend you’re something you’re not."
He then compared apple picking to racism… in a very insightful and hilarious way.
It actually will be interesting to see how comedians tackle the issue of Trump going forward.
It will also be interesting to see if any of the following celebrities actually move to Canada.