President TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE on Monday railed against the hosts of late-night talk shows, each of whom has made Trump a primary target of their comedy since he took office.
Trump spoke at a rally in South Carolina for Gov. Henry McMaster (R). After brief remarks from McMaster, Trump launched into a wide-ranging rant that included an aside about Hollywood and the media.
“Honestly are these people funny? And I can laugh at myself. Frankly, if I couldn’t, I’d be in big trouble,” Trump said.
“But there’s no talent. They’re not, like, talented people,” he added.
Trump ticked off each network late-night host one by one, starting with NBC’s Jimmy Fallon.
Trump earlier Monday chided Fallon for giving an interview in which the comedian said he regretted the way he handled an interview with then-candidate Trump in which he playfully tussled the real estate mogul's hair.
“Jimmy Fallon apologized. He apologized for humanizing me,” Trump said at the rally. “The poor guy. Now he’s going to lose all of us.”
Trump described Fallon as a “nice guy” who “looks like a lost soul.”
He mocked CBS late-night host Stephen Colbert without naming him, calling the "Late Show" host a “low life,” and saying that the Peabody-, Emmy- and Grammy-winning host has “no talent.”
Trump then turned to ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel, who Trump claimed opened his door for him during a previous appearance on his show.
Trump lashes out at late-night TV hosts at South Carolina rally pic.twitter.com/CpRJAITnU2— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 26, 2018
Trump frequently lashes out at media reports and comedy shows that target him. He has tweeted about several "Saturday Night Live" sketches that mock him, specifically going after Alec Baldwin's impersonation.
The president did note one Hollywood supporter during his rally. He pulled out what appeared to be a printed copy of an interview with legendary director David Lynch, who told The Guardian that Trump could be remembered as one of the country's greatest presidents.
"This is a Hollywood guy," Trump said. "The reason I do this I you know you don’t hear this. And plenty of them voted for me."
"Of course there goes his career, you know, in Hollywood," he added.