“Last night in the wake of Donald Trump pulling the press credentials of The Washington Post I announced here last night that until he rectified that situation he was banned from appearing on this show. We did this, we instituted this ban, despite the fact that he’s never been here, or asked to be here, or would ever be caught dead here.”
(This seemed to be confirmed yesterday when Trump responded to Meyers’ ban in character, issuing a statement hurling an insult at Meyers’ show’s ratings, though his ratings are tops in the demo and in total viewers in his time slot among broadcast late-night shows.)
“And I just think that takes an amazing amount of courage on our part,” Meyers continued, self-depricatingly. “So, ball is in your court, Donald! Either rescind your Washington Post ban or you are not allowed to appear on a show that you have no interest in appearing on. Although now, maybe that you can’t have it, you’re changing your mind!
We’ll know soon if this gag has run its course or whether Trump is Seth Meyers’ designated Matt Damon. Damon’s nightly non-appearance became a much-loved running joke on ABC’s late-night program Jimmy Kimmel Live, in which the movie star was cut for time. Here’s hoping.
Speaking of Trump and comedy, House Speaker Paul Ryan, at a newser this morning focusing heavily on the Second Amendment, was asked about Trump’s banning of WaPo, and other media outlets from his campaign and his thoughts on the First Amendment. Trump banned WaPo over a headline on its coverage of Trump’s post-Orlando comments in which he seemed to suggest President Barack Obama is sympathetic to ISIS sympathizers. Among Trump’s comments about Obama and the shooting, the next day: “We’re led by a man who is not tough, not smart – or he’s got something else in mind. And the something else in mind, you know, people can’t believe it.”
Asked his thoughts on Trump’s press banning and the First Amendment, Ryan responded: “I don’t think I’ve ever heard of it before. I think that’s a new one. I don’t know a whole lot about it. I hope and assume that this will get worked out.”
Then, in a swipe at Trump, Ryan asked who was there from WaPo and said that person would be the last question of the news conference.
“Um,” the WaPo reporter could be heard vamping. “Will you….”
Ryan laughed and another, more prepared journalist asked the last question of the presser.