If there’s one winner from the Donald Trump Jr. email scandal that rocked the White House and gripped the country this week, it’s Eric Trump. Up until now, it was widely assumed that of Trump’s progeny, Donald was Gallant, and Eric was Goofus.
But after the president’s eldest son confessed that he took a meeting with a lawyer with ties to the Kremlin during last year’s election with the hopes of obtaining damaging information on Hillary Clinton, we’re being forced to rethink which of Trump’s sons we’d bet on in a spelling bee.
It looks like Stephen Colbert already made up his mind. “I’d like to apologize to Eric Trump,“ Colbert said on Tuesday’s episode of The Late Show. "We always thought you were the dumb one… We were wrong.” Earlier in the day, Trump Jr. shocked the nation when he tweeted out the full transcripts of his emails with Rob Goldstone, the eccentric music promoter who introduced Trump Jr. to Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. The emails depict Trump Jr. as a willing participant in Russian collusion to help influence the election in his father’s favor. Colbert couldn’t help but wonder what possessed Trump Jr. to detonate his father’s administration in one fell tweet.
“Who told him to do this? Does he even have a lawyer?” Colbert said. “Because you rarely see a cop show where the lawyer bursts into the interrogation room and shouts, ‘keep talking! In fact, tweet out everything you know!’”
Elsewhere in New York, Trevor Noah was also trying to wrap his head around the remarkable developments of the day with a question of his own. “What do you get when you cross a Russian, an email and an idiot?” The Daily Show host asked his audience. From there, Noah did less joke-telling and more truth-telling about how Wednesday’s revelations changed the conversation surrounding the Trump’s world’s connection to Russia. “It’s no longer, 'Was there collusion?’ But instead, 'How much collusion was there?’ And all because of his own son,” he said. “Donald Jr. is now the first thing Trump regrets putting his name on.”
Over on the West Coast, Jimmy Kimmel put into words what we’ve all been thinking these past few days. “Today was one of those days I woke up, I cracked my neck, I brushed my teeth, I looked in the mirror and said 'boy, I’m glad I’m not Donald Trump Jr.,’” Kimmel said. “I have that thought about three times a week, but today I said it out loud.”
It looks like late night’s Fourth of July holidays ended just in the nick of time. Unless of course, you’re Donald Trump Jr.