President TrumpDonald John TrumpGary Cohn says Trump trade adviser the only economist in world who believes in tariffs House transportation committee chairman threatens to subpoena Boeing, FAA communication Pentagon sets new limits on transgender service members MORE‘s focus on late-night talk show hosts stretched into a second day on Thursday, when he shared a quote lauding the late NBC “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson and declaring Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon will be unemployed after he finishes a second term.
“The three very weak and untalented late night ‘hosts’ are ‘fighting over table scraps. Carson did a great job, it wasn’t political. I don’t know what they’re going to do in 2024 when he’s no longer President? Will be wacky in the unemployment line,’ ” Trump tweeted to his more than 59 million followers after comic Michael Loftus appeared on Fox News’s morning program “Fox & Friends.”
The three very weak and untalented late night “hosts” are “fighting over table scraps. Carson did a great job, it wasn’t political. I don’t know what they’re going to do in 2024 when he’s no longer President? Will be wacky in the unemployment line.” Michael Loftus @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 14, 2019
The tweet comes one day after the president weighed in on a “Fox & Friends” discussion of former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno, who said late-night shows are now too political and lack “civility.”
“The one-sided hatred on these shows is incredible and for me, unwatchable,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday. “But remember, WE are number one — President!”
Leno, 68, initially left “The Tonight Show” in 2009 but returned in 2010 after the show experienced a tumultuous run with host Conan O’Brien.
He left again in February 2014, while still leading his competition on CBS and ABC in the late-night ratings race, and was replaced by Fallon, a former “Saturday Night Live” cast member.
Fallon initially beat CBS’s Colbert and ABC’s Kimmel in the late-night ratings race, but once Trump declared his candidacy in June 2015, late-night shows became dominated by political news and opinion.
As a result, Colbert, a frequent critic of Trump who formerly hosted the political satire show “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central, eventually jumped ahead of Fallon.
Trump often lashes out at the late-night programs.
At a campaign rally last June, he mocked each late-night host and questioned their humor before insisting that he “can laugh at myself.”
Trump also has a long-running feud with “Saturday Night Live,” which frequently targets the president in its sketches and has brought on Alec Baldwin to do regular impersonations.
Updated at 9:14 a.m.