President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office garnered jokes from late-night comedians at a record-breaking pace, a new study reveals.
Trump was the butt of 1,060 zingers on late-night TV during his first several months in office, higher than any of his prior three processors drew within their entire first years in the White House. Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton all failed to eclipse the 1,000-joke mark at the end of their first years, coming in at 936, 546 and 440 quips each, respectively.
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The study, released by George Mason University on Thursday, projects that at his current pace, President Trump is set to attract more comedy quips in his first year than any other individual. At the current pace, Trump will eclipse Clinton’s record of 1717 jokes from 1998. That was the year he was impeached as a part of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
“Donald Trump is head and shoulders above the competition as the politician late night comedians most love to hate," said Robert Lichter, director of George Mason’s Center for Media and Public Affairs.
Trump far outpaced other politicians too, almost tripling the combined jest totals of all Republican and Democratic elected officials outside of his administration. Between them, Republicans outpaced Democrats by a margin of 290 to 95 jokes drawn. Trump’s administration also outranked other elected officials with 373 jokes against, and the president’s family came in just ahead of Democratic officials with a count of 95.
As for the late-night hosts, "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert claimed the top spot for jokes dishes at 337, followed closely by "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah at 315. "Tonight Show" star Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, host of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", trailed at 231 and 177 jests each.
Colbert came under fire this week for a scorching Monday night monologue blasting the president, prompting calls for boycotts of his shows and the revival of the #FireColbert hashtag campaign.
The George Mason study looked at 2,094 jokes told on Colbert’s, Fallon’s, Kimmel’s and Noah’s programs from Jan. 20 through April 29.