Late-night comedians pounced on President Donald Trump’s latest gaffe on Wednesday after he appeared to briefly forget that he had a son with Melania during a press conference highlighting the dangers of vaping.
“Vaping has become a very big business, as I understand it, like a giant business in a very short period of time. But we can’t allow people to get sick, and we can’t have our youth be so affected,” Trump told reporters as the First Lady sat silently next to him.
“And that’s how the first lady got involved. She’s got a son,” Trump said before quickly interjecting the word “together.”
Trump then added that their son Barron “is a beautiful young man, and she feels very, very strongly about it.”
“She’s seen it. We’re both reading it. A lot of people are reading it. But people are dying with vaping,” he added.
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“Nice save, buddy,” quipped “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert, before putting on his “Trump” voice: “‘The first lady has got a son—together. It’s a mutual son, of course. I’m very involved with the doings of it, and so is the first lady, who is a lovely mother—together—who I love and know her name so well that I won’t waste your time saying it out loud. Tim Apple.’”
“She’s got a son?” asked “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah. “You mean, the son she made with you?”
TONIGHT: Donald Trump moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes, inspired in part by his wife’s son, who is coincidentally also his own son. pic.twitter.com/ts4LtwlhHD
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) September 11, 2019
“How on earth does Trump forget that he has a son?” Noah continued. “He’s like the world’s worst dad. It’s like, him and Darth Vader. No—actually, that’s wrong. At least Darth Vader claimed his son. If Trump was the Dark Lord, he would be like ‘Luke, she is your mother!’”
He added: “Look, you can’t fault Trump for not being super eager to claim responsibility for his son. I mean, the dude has been burned twice, let’s be honest.”
“Or so I hear,” late-night host Jimmy Kimmel quipped. “I’ve not seen him for awhile; he better not be vaping!”
“Flavored e-cigarettes are being blamed for the deaths of six people over the past year, and many of the people who vape are young people, so Trump now wants to ban them to protect children from being harmed or killed,” Kimmel said. “And I think that’s good—I’m fine [with that], but hey, you know what else harms and kills children? Assault rifles…Maybe if the NRA starts flavoring those, he’ll ban them too.”