Late-night talk show hosts expressed both anxiety and excitement ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections, as Democrat’s hope to take back control of both Houses of Congress with the aim of derailing President Donald Trump’s agenda.
On CBS’ The Late Show, Stephen Colbert drank a glass of bourbon on calm his nerves.
“In America’s ongoing bitter divorce, the big question is ‘Who’s getting the House?'” Colbert asked. “Now this year, especially, after being burned by all the prognosticating in 2016, the folks on cable news are playing it safe,” he said, before playing a clip of CNN and Fox anchors discussing the unpredictability of Tuesday’s elections.
“No, you’re lying!” he exclaimed. “I need to know! We can figure this out. Modern statistical analysis can tell me exactly who’s gonna win tomorrow so I can sleep tonight. Let’s crunch the numbers!”
Over on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel admitted to receiving dozens of emails from Beto O’Rourke’s campaign in Texas, where he is looking to unseat incumbent Senator Ted Cruz.
“Hopefully we’ll be done with this for a while,” Kimmel said. “I’ve had enough. I have gotten more emails this week from the Beto O’Rourke campaign than from my mother, my father, my children and my wife combined.”
“Trump has been threatening to impose sanctions on Iran,” he continued. “But rather than do it the old-fashioned way, he decided, or someone in his camp decided, to make a ‘Game of Thrones’- style meme out of it. It’s just a fun reminder that the President thinks his job is a TV show — and nuclear war would be a great season finale, it really would.”
“It is important that you vote, and that you bully your friends and family into voting,” he joked. “There’s a lot at stake tomorrow. And for President Trump, that steak is well done and slathered in ketchup.”
Comedy Central’s Daily Show host Trevor Noah spoke of his excitement for the elections, predicting that Oprah Winfrey’s campaigning for Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams in George might prove an effective electoral strategy.
“I don’t know how your family celebrates, but I like to put on my ugly voting day sweater, and I watch that episode of Charlie Brown where he gets purged from voter rolls,” Noah said.
“Damn, Oprah coming to your door and asking for your vote. That has to be the most effective thing ever,” he continued. “Seriously, like, if Oprah showed up at my house and asked me to do anything, you better believe I’m doing it … and I mean anything.”