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Stephen Colbert Accuses President of ‘Trump-splaining’ to Puerto Ricans


Stephen Colbert was not the only late-night host to bristle at President Trump’s handling of the crisis in Puerto Rico.


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President Trump’s visit to Puerto Rico on Tuesday was packed with awkward moments that seemingly begged for the late-night treatment.

Mr. Trump groused about having to address the fallout from Hurricane Maria, saying, “I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack.” Touring the storm’s wreckage, he told a hurricane victim to “have a good time.” He casually tossed emergency rolls of paper towels into a crowd, as if shooting a basketball.

Jim Jefferies, host of the new “Jim Jefferies Show” on Comedy Central, was particularly outraged by the comment about the budget.

“Isn’t the first rule of budgeting that you put money aside for a rainy day? There hasn’t been a rainier day! And ‘throwing the budget out of whack’? That’s like going to a funeral and saying in the eulogy, ‘Well, this has ruined my Sunday. I’ve got grave mud on my shoes — thanks, Granddad!’” — JIM JEFFERIES

“And no one would know more about budgets being out of whack than the guy who’s filed for bankruptcy six times.” — JAMES CORDEN

“He really puts the ‘ass’ in compassion, doesn’t he?” — JIMMY KIMMEL

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Stephen Colbert was taken aback by the “have a good time” line.

“You’re in a disaster site, you’re not working the floor at your casino! ‘You guys having fun here? Listen, I’m gonna comp you half a gallon of drinking water. Enjoy your hurricane, everybody, don’t forget to tip your FEMA worker!’” — STEPHEN COLBERT

And Mr. Colbert bristled at the way Mr. Trump described the storm during an address to Puerto Rican journalists: “Your weather is second to none, but every once in a while you get hit,” Mr. Trump said. “And you really got hit, there’s no question about it.”

“That is Trump-splaining at its best: ‘You probably didn’t notice with all your beautiful weather, but you guys had a hurricane. It was a huge one, believe me. You know you guys are an island, right? Surrounded by lots of water. Deep, wet, salty, delicious. Not supposed to drink it — that’s just a little tip.’” — STEPHEN COLBERT

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