President Donald Trump waited for nearly two days after the Emmys broadcast that repeatedly bashed his presidency to weigh in, tweeting Tuesday night how “saddened” he was by the show’s “worst ever” ratings.
“Smartest people of them all are the ‘DEPLORABLES,'” he added, apparently referencing all the Trump supporters who decided to tune out for an evening filled with Hollywood stars decrying him.
Among adults 18-49, generally the advertiser-coveted demographic, these Emmys had a 2.5 rating. The show got a 2.8 in 2016, meaning the year over year decline was 10.7 percent.
The extremely political broadcast was marked by countless jabs at Trump, beginning with a musical number that culminated in Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys decked out in their “The Americans” garb, singing the line “even treason’s better on TV,” before cutting to an image of Trump and Vladimir Putin.
After Colbert’s monologue, with a bevy of anti-Trump punchlines, there was an endless array of jokes and more earnest commentary at the president’s expense, from Trump’s former press secretary Sean Spicer appearing onstage to make a joke about his own claims about the crowd size at Trump’s inauguration, to Donald Glover crediting Trump for his Best Actor in a Comedy win, to Alec Baldwin saying “Here, Mr. President, is your Emmy,” after winning a statue for his portrayal of Trump on “Saturday Night Live.”