Following the first presidential debate on Monday night and the political theatrics that ensued, comedian Amy Schumer called Donald Trump erratic during a guest appearance on Andy Cohen's Watch What Happens Live on Bravo. While airing her grievance against Trump, Schumer cited his insult toward Rosie O'Donnell near the end of the debate. In case you missed this gem, Trump stood by his past insults toward O'Donnell, saying:
Hillary is hitting me with tremendous commercials. Some of it said in entertainment, some of it said by somebody who’s been very vicious to me — Rosie O’Donnell. I said very tough things to her, and I think everybody would agree that she deserves it, and nobody feels sorry for her.
For those uninitiated to the ongoing feud between the actress and presidential nominee, Trump previously admitted to calling O'Donnell a "pig" during the GOP debates in August of last year. Trump has also referred O'Donnell as a "degenerate" on Late Night with David Letterman.
During her interview on Bravo, Schumer claimed that Trump's insistence on standing by his past insults displayed just how "inhumane and erratic he can be."
That Schumer's critique of Trump ties into interpersonal drama reaching as far back as 2006 shows that Trump's tangents in this first debate were too far gone to be tackled with political common sense. The off-topic nature of his rambling was fully exemplified when Trump effectively claimed Clinton didn't have the right look to be president, a jab that was not at all rooted in politics or political experience.
During her chat with Cohen, the Trainwreck star lamented Trump's tendency to distort facts at the first debate, comparing him to a rambling man you'd avoid at a bar:
It just seemed to me like he was the guy in the bar you’d walk away from. You’d be like, ‘Eh,’ or you’d be like, ‘Can we go somewhere else? This guy keeps talking to me about insane ideas.’ It was just no facts, all soundbites. And I think that Hillary, I thought she killed it.
While it's par for the course for comedians to make roasting commentary on the performances of politicians, there's something to be said about Schumer's line of critique against Trump. While certainly humorous, I think her analogy was also incisive. There's something so beyond the pale of Trump's behavior this campaign that sticking to the more traditional realm of criticisms against him doesn't cut it. That may be because it's difficult to criticize the political stance of someone who casually jabs his opponent by saying, "No wonder you've been fighting ISIS your entire adult life," when the current strain of ISIS was formed in 2013. How do you even find substantial political criticism when a candidate goes so far off-topic?
In the case of Clinton, you simply let him spin webs for the fact-checkers to unpack.
Given the combination of his patterns and her outspoken nature, it may not be surprising that this isn't the first time Schumer has expressed her distaste for Trump's personality and policies. In an interview with BBC's Newsnight, Schumer said she'd move to Spain if Trump is elected. We'll see whether the results on Nov. 8 fulfill that vow.