Late Night Comics Lay Into Trump’s Incorrect Cali Fire Tweets

Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel railed against Trump's factually incorrect tweets about the California wildfires.

This photo shows the remains of a beachside luxury home along the Pacific Coast Highway community of Point Dume in Malibu, California as the battle to control the Woolsey Fire continues. (Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)
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Late night hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert used their platforms to explain why Donald Trump’s tweets blaming the state of California for the wildfires currently ravaging thousands of acres of its land and neighborhoods were “wrong.”

During his show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, on Monday night, Kimmel ripped into Trump’s assessment that the fires exist because of “poor” forest management. The Los Angeles-based late-night host said no one should “expect help from the White House” after reading Trump’s tweet.

“There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor,” Trump wrote. “Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!”

“…of course, everything about this tweet was wrong,” Kimmel said in response. “The federal government manages most of the forest land in California, not the state. He is the one who cut the funding. And of course he does nothing about climate change, which is why these fires happen, but why get tangled up in facts when you can take shots at people who voted for Hillary instead of you?”

Colbert took a lighter approach on The Late Show, deciding instead to poke fun at Trump.

“At a time like this, it is hard to know the right thing to say,” Colbert began, “but for the wrong thing to say, let’s check the president’s Twitter feed.

“I’d hate to be choking with only Trump there to save me,” he continued. “‘Are you choking? There’s no reason for this massive loss of oxygen, except your chewing management was so poor. Remedy now, or no Heimlich!’”

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