Meyers had some words for any fans of his that may also be Trump supporters, whereas Fallon showcased Trump’s “clapback” response.
Late-night hosts Seth Meyers, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and James Corden all took time from their Wednesday night opening monologues to address Eminem’s politically charged freestyle against Donald Trump.
During the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards, Eminem performed an explosive freestyle against the president, calling him a “racist grandpa” and asking fans to “decide who you like more”: him or Trump.
Meyers felt inspired by the rapper’s anti-Trump cypher.
The host addressed Eminem’s freestyle takedown of President Trump, saying, “Powerful stuff. To any fans of this show who are also fans of Donald Trump, it’s time to make a decision, guys.”
“Do you support him or do you support this show that constantly mocks and denigrates everything about him?” Meyers asked his audience. He then tried his own hand at dropping rhymes: “My name is Seth and I’m here to say, if you like Trump then go away.”
For Eminem, a Grammy-winning recording artist and lyricist, the previous night’s lines were a bit more scathing: “When he attacks the NFL so we focus on that/Instead of talking Puerto Rico or gun reform for Nevada/All these horrible tragedies and he’s bored and would rather/Cause a Twitter storm with the Packers/Then says he wants to lower our taxes.”
A guest on Meyers’ show, Taran Killam praised Eminem and tried to perform his impression of the rapper.
“I feel like he said everything that I was thinking and wanted out there except a couple of things,” Killam said before asking if he could do his impression of Eminem.
Managing to only say Trump’s name, Killam struggled to continue with a freestyle. “He’s so good. He just finds so many rhymes,” Killam said, praising Eminem.
The actor then stated that he was attempting rhyme “Mar-a-Lago” but could only rhyme it with “The parrot from Aladdin’s lago.”
Giving up, Killam called the rapper “incredible.”
During his show, Fallon decided to showcase a proper rap battle between Eminem and the president, showing a “clapback” music video Trump posted as a response to Eminem’s freestyle.
The late-night host showed a montage of clips of the president speaking, focusing on gibberish sound bites set to a hip-hop beat, to make it seem as if the president was rapping.
“Trump was mad, but he was also a little confused. Today he told people to boycott the M&M store,” Fallon joked. In a Trump voice, the late-night host then quipped, “Reese’s Pieces are the best. They should have their own store.”
To kick off his show, Colbert showed mock deleted scenes from the BET performance. Filmed in the Beverly Center parking garage, a couple was unable to exit because Eminem was blocking their car. And the couple believed the rapper was “Macklemore.”
“That’s an awfully hot coffeepot. Should I dump it on Donald Trump?” Eminem began to rap, as the couple watched confused.
As he continued to rap, the wife addressed the roadblock ahead of them. “Black gentlemen are just standing in the back. They’re not saying anything,” the wife told her husband. Frustrated because he doesn’t want to leave too late and get charged extra for parking, the husband honked his horn.
Despite honking, the rapper continued, leaving the husband to enjoy the freestyle. “It is infectious though. We’re with you Macklemore,” the husband said.
Corden also commented on the rapper’s politically focused freestyle, joking about what Trump’s reaction would be.
“Now, the title of Eminem’s rap was ‘The Storm,’ so naturally Donald Trump reacted by throwing rolls of toilet paper at it,” Corden joked.
Quipping about the intensity of the rapper’s parking garage scenery, Corden informed his audience that the rapper and his crew had to leave the parking structure in under an hour or “it was gonna be 20 bucks a car.”
Corden also commented on the controversial topics Eminem rapped about, including allowing NFL players to kneel during the National Anthem.
“Later Donald Trump responded with his own rap, that when will the NFL players ‘please stand up, please stand up?'” Corden joked, referencing the lyrics to one of Eminem’s songs.
Oct. 12, 9:02 a.m.: This story has been updated with additional late-night hosts’ jokes about Eminem.