The left-wing late-night hosts floated a range of conspiracies about President Donald Trump’s off the record visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center this weekend, with Stephen Colbert even admitting he wants Trump to stay healthy so he can end up in “handcuffs.”
On Monday evening, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham released a memorandum from the Physician to the President Dr. Sean Conley confirming that Trump had been given the all-clear.
“This past Saturday afternoon the President traveled up to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for a routine, planned interim checkup as part of the regular, primary preventative care he receives throughout the year,” Conley wrote. “Due to scheduling uncertainties, the trip was kept off the record.”
Memorandum from the President’s Physician pic.twitter.com/yzkjqCBBHc
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) November 19, 2019
However, left-wing comedians were left seemingly left unconvinced by the announcement, with The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah disputing the reference to breaking annual physical health checks into phases.”
“That’s not a thing. No one breaks their annual physical into ‘phases,'” Noah said. “You’re not like, ‘Today we can cup the balls, and in March I’ll come back and cough?'”
The Comedy Central host added that due to their lack of trust in the Trump White House, people like him were speculating wildly about the possible reasons behind the visit.
“Did Trump have a heart problem or a stroke, and if he did have a stroke, how would you even be able to tell?” said Noah. “The symptoms of a stroke are slurred speech, confusion, and erratic behavior. For Trump, that’s a Tuesday!”
Over on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!,’ the host mocked Grisham’s interview with Fox News host Jeanine Pirro about the visit, where she described the check-up as “very routine.”
“The [check-up] was very routine,” she said. “We had a down day today, so he made the decision to head there.”
“They had a ‘down day’? Every day is a down day,” Kimmel responded. “The dolphins at Sea World have busier schedules than our president.”
“He’s almost superhuman. I don’t know how anyone can deal with what he’s dealing with,” Grisham said in later part of the interview. “I get frustrated with what’s going on in Washington.”
“Right. He’s faster than a tweeting bullet,” Kimmel fired back. “Able to bankrupt tall buildings in a single bound!”
Meanwhile, Late Show host Stephen Colbert pointed to the fact that past presidents have successfully hidden major health complications.
“The nature of the visit prompted a lot of speculation, who knows the real reason, but Trump wouldn’t be the first president to hide health issues: FDR hid polio, Eisenhower hid a heart attack and Lincoln hid his secret skull-reduction surgery,” Colbert said.
Colbert appeared to accept claims Trump is in fact healthy, explaining that he does not want him to die before he is sent to prison.
“I am sincerely relieved to say it looks like there’s nothing wrong with the president’s health,” he continued. “I may not be Trump’s biggest fan, I don’t want him to leave the White House feet-first. I want him to leave handcuffs-first.”