After delivering an address at the United Nations on Tuesday in which he threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea and inspired his own chief of staff to noticeably wince, Donald Trump finally got around to commenting on something that had apparently perturbed him for the previous couple of days: the 2017 Emmy Awards.
Late Tuesday evening, the president tweeted an attack on the awards show’s ratings:
I was saddened to see how bad the ratings were on the Emmys last night - the worst ever. Smartest people of them all are the "DEPLORABLES."— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2017
While it’s true that Sunday’s Emmys telecast was one of the lowest-rated in the history of the awards show, Trump’s “sadness” in response to that fact likely comes from a place of scorn rather than genuine concern.
This year’s ceremony was peppered with pointed jokes and attacks on the sitting president — jokes that began in host Stephen Colbert’s monologue with a dig at Trump’s preoccupation with never winning an Emmy for The Apprentice and continued with an outrage-inducing cameo from Trump’s former White House communications director Sean Spicer, several mentions of the president in acceptance speeches, and a 9 to 5 reunion that saw Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton take the stage and not-so-subtly imply that Trump is a lying bigot.
“Back in 1980, in that movie, we refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot,” Fonda said, setting up the joke. Tomlin then followed up Fonda’s quip with, “And in 2017, we still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot.”
It appears that the Emmys’ criticism of Trump has been sitting with the president since Monday morning, since his tweet references “last night” but was posted on Tuesday.