Donald Trump has been president of the United States for over a year and it's an understatement to say he's caused a great deal of controversy since being inaugurated. Because of his sometimes outlandish behavior, the president has provided a lot of fodder for comedians and celebrities, who have eviscerated Trump during (and before) his presidency. However, while making fun of Trump, comedians have also served to provide some levity and humor during what many consider to be nationally trying times. The clips shared below reflect some of this nuanced comedic brilliance that has perhaps provided comfort to some Americans.
While Trump's approval ratings certainly seem to indicate that he does not garner favor with many Americans, he has seemingly nonetheless served as "comedy gold" for late night hosts, as described by Shannon Bond of the Financial Times. As the Financial Times reported back in February of 2017, critiquing the president has proven fruitful for political satire shows, like Late Night with Stephen Colbert and Saturday Night Live, which saw ratings hikes in the wake of Trump's election. For example, the paper reported that viewership for Colbert's show grew three percent in January 2017 from the year before, and, by February of the same year, had reached 3 million — 30 percent above the previous summer's lowest ratings.
However, as a July 2017 article in USA Today pointed out, writers for late night shows also sometimes find that coverage of the controversial president can be "exhausting." Moreover, it can be challenging to come up with comedy when reality itself seems absurd. As Hallie Haglund, a writer on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, explained to the paper, writers have to constantly ask, "how do I heighten this, how do I not just show it?" As you can imagine, they often find themselves challenged by the notion "there's nothing left to do with this, because it’s so ridiculous" when covering politics.
Nonetheless, in the past year — and beyond — comedians and celebrities have come up with some genius clips when covering Trump as president and as a presidential candidate.