Back in his fifth makeshift study after testing positive for COVID, Seth Meyers (driven and asymptomatic, he noted) returned to Late Night to poke fun at Ted Cruz’s slavish appearance on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show over the weekend.
The Texas senator’s appearance on Carlson’s show, in which he apologized for condemning the Jan.6 assault on the Capitol as a terrorist attack, was “so pathetic, I honestly thought he was raving about covid,” Meyers said. Monday night.
“Look, we all know that Ted Cruz likes self-humiliation,” Meyers noted. “He snuck out of Cancun after escaping the blackout in his state, endorsed Donald Trump after Trump insulted his wife and father,” and “continues to appear in public with that facial hair, looking like a Chewbacca who shaved everything but the beard. “
So Cruz’s change of mind was not entirely surprising. Just one day before the first anniversary of the insurrection, Cruz told Congress: “We are approaching a solemn anniversary this week, and it is an anniversary of a violent terrorist attack on Capitol Hill.”
“I mean, it’s the right thing to say, although it’s definitely a bit strange to condemn an attack that you helped provoke by spreading the same lies that fueled that mob,” Meyers explained. “It’s like when OJ promised to find the real killer, except in Cruz’s case it could be said that it’s worse because he’s doing it at the crime scene.”
But “even that minimal condemnation of the January 6 attack was apparently too much for the new executors of Republican orthodoxy like Tucker Carlson.”
Carlson, who is rumored to harbor ambitions for a Republican presidential bid against Cruz, criticized the senator on air. “You called this a ‘terrorist attack’ when by definition it was not a terrorist attack”, Carlson said. “That’s a lie. You told that lie on purpose, and I wonder why you did it.
Cruz corrected: “I agree with you, it was a mistake to say that yesterday.”
“Wow, I knew Ted liked self-humiliation, but that’s another level,” Meyers said.
On the Late Show, Stephen Colbert lukewarmly addressed the discovery of 25 cases of a strain of coronavirus in Cyprus that combines elements of the Delta and Omicron variants, nicknamed “Deltacron.”
“Deltacron: also the name of the disappointing Transformer that becomes a delayed flight for Atlanta,” Colbert joked.
The new variant follows in the footsteps of the Omicron surge, which may or may not decline sharply at the end of months, according to experts.
Said Dr. Anthony Fauci over the weekend on the future of Omicron: “I hope, I cannot predict accurately because no one can, but I hope that by the time we get to the fourth week of January, at the end of the third week, beginning of the fourth week, that we will begin to see that this collapses ”.
“You can be more specific?” Colbert replied. “That’s like reading your horoscope ‘Capricorn, you will make a connection with a handsome stranger. Or not. Maybe I’ll give you a disease. Nobody can predict with precision ”.
And in Los Angeles, Jimmy Kimmel noted the rapid spread of Omicron among his staff, which shut down production last week, and encouraged alternative motivations to engage the unvaccinated. Quebec, for example, has announced a vaccination requirement for the purchase of alcohol and cannabis; first dose appointments have increased from 1,500 to 6,000 a day.
“I think maybe Pfizer needs to come out with some gummies and a strong lemonade,” Kimmel said.
“Of course, there are all kinds of crazy new cures and miracle cures,” he said, pointing to a particularly egregious anti-vaccine evangelist named Christopher Key, who promotes “urine therapy” – drink your own urine – as a Covid treatment.
“If kids like this ever run a lemonade stand in your neighborhood, run,” Kimmel said.
“Urine therapy – it’s actually a conspiracy theory that I agree with,” he added. “Do you think vaccines were created by the devil or George Soros or Bill Gates? Go ahead, pee in a mason jar and drink along with Dr. Dumbass.
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