U.S. comedians mock Jerusalem embassy opening

Colbert: Instead of attending, Trump sent "Peace Treaty Barbie and Collusion Ken."

May 15, 2018 15:30
1 minute read.
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

Senior White House Advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump stand during the sounding of the U.S. national anthem at a reception held at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem ahead of the moving of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, May 13, 2018. . (photo credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


American late night comedians took aim at the news of the day in their monologues on Monday night - including the moving of the US Embassy to Jerusalem.

Stephen Colbert, host of The Late Show, said US President Donald Trump was "futzing with the Middle East" by making the move.

“Now he’s just got to destabilize Antarctica, and he’ll have global crisis bingo,” Colbert joked.

The comedian said that Trump couldn’t attend the opening in Jerusalem, “so, instead, he sent Peace Treaty Barbie and Collusion Ken,” i.e. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

Seth Meyers, the host of Late Night, also discussed the embassy opening, and Kushner’s speech during Monday’s ceremony.

“During his speech today, Jared Kushner credited President Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Meyers said. “But don’t ask Trump to name the capital of any other countries, though... ‘We are, I’m so excited to announce we’re moving the embassy in Italy to where it rightfully belongs – Italy City,’” he said, mocking the president.

Over on The Daily Show, host Trevor Noah lamented the loss of life in the Gaza Strip, and blamed the US for fanning tensions. Noah also noted that at one point Trump reconsidered the embassy move – but only because he was told it would cost too much.

“Once the president figured out a low cost way to destabilize the Middle East,” Noah joked, “he went ahead and moved the embassy.”

The comedian also addressed the news that the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team had renamed itself Beitar “Trump” Jerusalem to honor the president.

“Which is perfect,” Noah said, “because a lot of people don’t know this, but that team only won their league because [former FBI director] James Comey stepped in and tripped a player on the opposing team.”

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Baby crying [Illustrative]
July 15, 2019
Baby's genitals amputated after botched circumcision by nurse


Cookie Settings