- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

In a segment on Tuesday’s “Late Night” skewering Donald Trump, host Seth Meyers declared that “as long as the Washington Post is banned from Donald Trump’s campaign, Donald Trump will be banned from ever coming on this show.”

The “Saturday Night Live” alumnus expressed his frustration at the Republican presumptive presidential nominee’s doubling down on his earlier call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration.

“When it comes to bigotry, Trump keeps upping his game,” Mr. Meyers complained. “Trump’s vague innuendo is no accident. This is a strategy he uses to try to appeal to the outer fringes while also avoiding accountability.”

While Mr. Meyers’s “ban” on Trump is largely tongue-in-cheek, his outspokenly liberal tack is in line with his recent history of denouncing conservative policy proposals, such as the so-called bathroom bill in North Carolina, which he ridiculed in May.

And Mr. Meyers is hardly alone among his late-night colleague in using their shows as a platform for overtly political pronouncements.

On his Monday night program, TBS’s Conan O’Brien pushed for more gun control, although using less fiery language than fellow TBS host Samantha Bee. “Nobody I know or have ever met in my entire life should have access to a weapon that can kill so many people so quickly,” the former SNL writer said. 

Ms. Bee opened her Monday “Full Frontal” program with a profanity-laced tirade against Republican opposition to new federal gun control laws.

“You know what? F*** it! I am way too angry for that! Love does not win unless we start loving each other enough to fix our f***ing problems,” Yahoo! TV quoted Ms. Bee, an alumna of Comedy Central’s “Daily Show.”

Unlike the usually non-partisan Mr. O’Brien, however, Ms. Bee regularly uses her program to savage Republicans and conservatives. In a May skit, for example, she denounced pro-life crisis-pregnancy clinics. In February she denounced Ohio Republican governor John Kasich for signing a bill to defund Planned Parenthood in the Buckeye State.

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