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Since President Donald Trump took office, late-night talk show hosts have used his administration as a personal punching bag.
Here are just a few of the most recent jabs.
Stephen Colbert interviewed a fake first lady in a segment titled “Melania Trump Is Dreaming of a Dark Christmas.”
Jimmy Kimmel interviewed a warped version of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway as the “Opioid Czar.”
Seth Meyers said that the only people Trump hasn't attacked are “dictators, Nazis and an accused sexual predator.”
John Oliver told viewers that Trump getting his briefings from animals, including an actual fox, would be better than “Fox and Friends.”
Then, there's Jimmy Fallon, who took a page from a different playbook for “The Tonight Show.” Instead of attacking Trump for the past several months, he's remained lighthearted and appealing to people on both sides of the political aisle.
During an interview with NBC's “Sunday Today” in October, Fallon explained the reason behind his approach, as previously reported by Independent Journal Review:
“It's just not what I do. I think it would be weird for me to start doing it now. I don't really even care that much about politics. I've got to be honest. I love pop culture more than I love politics. I'm just not that brain.”
With other late-night hosts devoting much of their time to politics, Fallon has offered a breath of fresh air to supporters of the president who still want to watch late-night TV. But all that could have changed with his skit on Monday night.
Dressed as Bruce Springsteen, Fallon took the stage with a guitar.
The tune of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” came on in the background, and Fallon crossed the line from neutral to political. He sang his own version of the Christmas carol, calling his “Robert Mueller's Coming to Town.”
“You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not lie to the FBI,” Fallon sang. “He's making a list, naughty and nice, he's going to find out just who to indict.” Those are just a few of the lyrics. But it didn't end there.
The talk show host then suggested Republicans are going “to pay” in the 2018 midterm elections.
While it's unclear if Fallon's skit is a one-time thing, according to The New York Times, in the fall alone, he lost hundreds of thousands of viewers. And with his politically charged song on Monday night, Fallon could find himself in for a cold winter.