Donald Trump has declared war on America’s latest scourge: vaping. After a string of deaths from lung illnesses thought to be vaping-related, the president announced that he plans to ban flavored e-cigarettes, which have long been said to target children and teenagers with their marketing. As he made the announcement, Trump said the issue was important to Melania Trump, because “she’s got a son—together.” Did…did the president just forget that Barron Trump is his son as well?
Naturally, late-night comedians pounced on the gaffe, as well as the president’s attempt to gloss it over.
On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert couldn’t stop grinning. “Nice save, buddy,” he said, 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.’”
On The Daily Show, Trevor Noah seemed equally amused. ” She’s got a son?” he said. “You mean, the son she made with you?”
“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!’”
Advertisement Then again, Noah granted, “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.”
And then there was Jimmy Kimmel, who couldn’t help but roll the clip twice. The comedian got a particularly hearty laugh out of Trump saying Barron was a “beautiful young man.”
“Or so I hear,” Kimmel quipped, mimicking Trump.”I’ve not seen him for awhile; he better not be vaping!”
But it wasn’t long before Kimmel pointed out that Trump’s swiftness to act on vapes could perhaps be better used elsewhere, on an even more deadly issue.
“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.”