Comedians gathered at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center on Sunday night with the intent of honoring their friend David Letterman, but spent much of their time bashing the president instead.
The left-leaning guests in attendance, which included Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Schumer, Michelle Obama and Sen. Al Franken, kicked off the event by loudly booing when Department of Education secretary Betsy DeVos was announced as a supporter of the Kennedy Center.
Comedian Jimmy Kimmel, who has been notoriously feuding with the GOP over health care and gun control, headlined the event, where Letterman was set to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. It didn’t take long for him to start in on President Trump.
“When Dave left 17 long months ago, we had no idea how much trouble we were in,” Kimmel joked. “I look at what’s going on now and I think this is your fault. All of it. Everything was fine until you went off the air. You abandoned us. You went out for a pack of cigarettes and left us to live with an abusive orange stepfather.”
“You led the way for all of us with your intelligence, humor, and empathy, especially since November, when we kicked open the portal to hell,” he continued.
Kimmel also attacked Trump’s line of neckties and blasted Letterman for once supporting former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.
“Well Dave, we all make mistakes sometimes,” he snickered.
Other comedians joked that the event may have to be cut off halfway through because Trump was going to cut funding to the Kennedy Center.
For his part, Letterman closed the show by asserting that Kimmel got more done in Congress “than anybody else” and quoting Mark Twain on patriotism, stating, “Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.”