President Trump continues to address America’s growing coronavirus crisis, at one point saying that he disagreed with the decision to bring infected passengers on the Grand Princess cruise ship ashore for quarantine. The late night hosts thought that was misguided, verging on cruel and unusual.
“I’m sorry, but keeping people trapped on a cruise ship even if they don’t have coronavirus should be an impeachable offense, because nothing good ever happens on a cruise ship. You never — never once — have heard a positive news story about a cruise ship. You never read the headline, ‘Cruise ship’s toilets work great.’” — SETH MEYERS
In that same news conference, on Friday, Trump claimed he had such a good handle on the coronavirus that, instead of running for president, he could have been a “supergenius” like his uncle, John Trump, who was a professor at M.I.T.
“By the way, I’m not sure Trump has a natural ability for science, especially considering that he thinks scientific knowledge can be passed down through his uncle.” — TREVOR NOAH
“I don’t care how smart your uncle was — epidemiology is not genetic. You don’t get your mother’s eyes and your father’s Ph.D. Knowledge does not get passed down. That’s why, no matter how much we all know it now, future generations are going to have to learn for themselves that you’re an idiot.” — STEPHEN COLBERT
“Senator Ted Cruz announced yesterday he’s placed himself under self-quarantine because of the virus, so every cloud has a silver lining, I guess. Ted calls it a self-quarantine, others call it having no friends.” — JIMMY KIMMEL
“After being near someone who had the coronavirus, Texas Senator Ted Cruz said he will now work from home. Yeah. Yeah. When asked for comment, Ted’s wife and two children said, ‘What a [expletive].’” — CONAN O’BRIEN
“Yeah, because coronavirus was at CPAC, four Republican lawmakers are quarantined and can have no human contact. And Ted Cruz is like, ‘What’s human contact?’” — TREVOR NOAH
“What’s really concerning is if it turns out multiple people in Congress have that corona contact, they might have to send all of Congress home, which would be a disaster, because if there’s no one in Congress, then who would be left to not pass any laws?” — TREVOR NOAH
“And once again, we’ve learned it’s never good when the words ‘coronavirus’ and ‘Cruz’ are in the same sentence.” — JIMMY FALLON
“Cruz has no symptoms, but just to be safe, he has said that he will be self-isolating. Yes, adding, [as Cruz] ‘In fact, just to be safe, I’ve been self-isolating for years. That’s why I eat alone in the Senate cafeteria, I had no friends in college, and no one came to my birthday party when I was 6.’” — STEPHEN COLBERT
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N. Scott Momaday led the renaissance of Native American writing when he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969. That was for his novel “House Made Of Dawn.” But much of his work and acclaim has since come from his poetry. His new collection of poems is called “The Death Of Sitting Bear.” And Scott Momaday joins us now from Santa Fe. Welcome to the program.
N SCOTT MOMADAY: Thank you. Good to be here.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: In a recent documentary about your life and work you said, quote, “there is no such thing as poetry in Indian traditions.” Explain that. And also, why has your writing now gravitated towards poetry?
MOMADAY: Oh, I was trained in poetry. I was interested in writing poetry from an early age. And then I won a creative writing fellowship to Stanford in poetry. And I studied poetry for four years there. And I was anchored in, you know, traditional English poetic forms. But the oral tradition of the Indian – there is no such thing as poetry if you define poetry as a statement concerning the human condition composed in verse. There is no measure in the oral tradition. It’s a storytelling tradition. So you have songs and prayers and spells and stories. But you don’t have verse.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: And you wrote these poems over 50 years. Is that right?
MOMADAY: That’s right. Yes. I’ve been at it a long time.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Have you seen, when you looked back at some of your early works, an evolution in your voice and what you wanted to say?
MOMADAY: Yeah. I think that the oral tradition prevailed at first. I was writing out of my experience of hearing stories. And then I had the formal education in poetry at Stanford. So I began to incorporate traditional forms of English poetry into my work. And so now I have the combination of both things, which suits me quite well.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: I’m going to read “The First Day.” It goes like this. (Reading) The fading moon and the vanguard of the sun alchemy, the immensity of mountains rising black from the underworld – I behold creation. In this mindless moment, I am intensely alive. There is, again, the birth of my soul. I am who never was. It is the first day.
MOMADAY: Thank you for that (laughter).
GARCIA-NAVARRO: My pleasure. I like to read poetry.
MOMADAY: Well done.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Can you tell me a little bit about that poem? Because there’s so many evocative poems here about the land and its resonance and this idea of creation.
MOMADAY: The American land is my mainstay when I’m writing. I do a lot of descriptive writing. And I do a lot of descriptive writing of the land itself and the features in the land. That appeals to me very much. And that makes for a wonderful canvas on which to place things that are meaningful to me. But that poem – yes, it’s about – I imagine the first day. You know, origin – stories of origin are very important in Native American tradition, as they are in other traditions. And so it seemed a good thing to write about the first day, I imagine – the first day and myself witnessing the sun rising on the first day.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Is there a new urgency, do you think, in those bonds between Native peoples and the land in these modern times in the midst of climate change and all these other stresses?
MOMADAY: Yes. I think there’s a great urgency. I think the Native American who has an experience of 30,000 years in the North American landscape has developed a kind of conservative notion of the land. I think of that experience as enabling him to become what I call a multiple-use conservationist. He wants to save the land. He understands that the land is possessed of spirit, and it’s sacred. And so when he sees the land being torn up and desecrating, it is a sad thing. And so he expresses that sometimes in his stories. And I have followed suit.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Is there something that you’d like to read us?
MOMADAY: I did pick out a poem that is fairly recent and one that I – that appeals to me. It’s called “The Snow Mare.” (Reading) In my dream, a blue mare loping, pewter on a porcelain plain, away. There are bursts of soft commotion where her hooves drive in the drifts. And as dusk ebbs on the plane of night, she shears the web of winter. And on the far blind side, she is no more. I behold nothing wherein the mare dissolves in memory beyond the burden of being.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: That’s beautiful. Why did you want to read that?
MOMADAY: It’s a point that means a lot to me. It really is a commemoration of my former wife, who died of ovarian cancer. So this is a memorial poem.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: You got your Pulitzer in 1969. And, you know, in many ways, you’re viewed as as one of the most celebrated Native American authors, poets. What do you see now in terms of a new generation coming up from First Nations peoples? Because there are many.
MOMADAY: There are more and more all the time. And that’s a very encouraging sign. I know young people who are writing and publishing now. And they have overcome a great barrier. You know, the language barrier has been really significant. But now we are seeing young people writing and publishing. I just met a young lady who is going to read with me in a few days at a bookstore here in Santa Fe. Her name is Layli Long Soldier. She is Lakota. She writes brilliantly. She’s a brilliant poet. And she’s won some important awards. So we have people like that coming up. And I’m very pleased about that.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: That’s N. Scott Momaday. His new book of poetry is called the “The Death Of Sitting Bear.” Thank you very much.
MOMADAY: Thank you.
It started out familiar: a “Saturday Night Live” sketch centered on impersonations of political figures. But then it was rescued by something even more familiar: the show’s ability to wrangle real-life politicians to come on the show during an election season — which in this case yielded Senator Elizabeth Warren, who announced on Thursday that she was exiting the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The sketch — which led an episode hosted by Daniel Craig and featuring the musical guest the Weeknd — was framed as an episode of the Fox News program “The Ingraham Angle,” with Kate McKinnon playing its host, Laura Ingraham. She traded quips with her cast mates Cecily Strong (playing Jeanine Pirro), Mikey Day and Alex Moffat (as Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump) and the “S.N.L.” veteran Darrell Hammond, who returned in his recurring role as the “Hardball” host Chris Matthews (for what could be his last go-round as that character).
Then McKinnon introduced Warren, playing herself, and asked her how she’d been since dropping out of the race.
“You know, I’m doing just fine,” Warren said. “My friends and family have been so supportive. They’ve been calling nonstop, asking: ‘Are you OK? What do you need? Were you electable?’ That kind of thing.”
Reminded that Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders were both still hoping for her endorsement, Warren indicated that she was not yet ready to choose one of them. “It’s tough,” she said. “Maybe I’ll just pull a New York Times and endorse them both.”
Warren said she had no regrets about how she had run her campaign. “We built a wide coalition of teachers, preschool teachers, middle-school teachers, and teachers’ pets,” she said. “And not only did I not accept money from billionaires, I got to give one a swirly on live TV.”
In the meantime, Warren said, she was practicing a regimen of self-care: “Hanging out with my dog, Bailey. Prank-calling big banks. Drag-racing Subarus. Avoiding Twitter.”
Just as the sketch seemed to be wrapping up, McKinnon raced onto the screen, now dressed as Warren, whom she had impersonated many times. “I wanted to put on my favorite outfit to thank you for all that you’ve done in your lifetime,” McKinnon told her.
Warren replied, “I’m not dead — I’m just in the Senate.”
At the start of the week, Daniel Craig was getting ready to appear on “Saturday Night Live” in conjunction with his new James Bond movie, which was scheduled to premiere in April. On Wednesday, those plans changed when the film, “No Time to Die,” was postponed until November amid concerns about the worldwide spread of the coronavirus.
That didn’t prevent Craig from having some fun with his superspy character, as he introduced what he said would be a clip from “No Time to Die” but was instead a lengthy Bond parody in which 007 can’t quite get away from a craps table where he’s having a lucky streak.
(And if you were hoping Craig would poke fun at his hit mystery caper “Knives Out,” he did that, too, in a sketch in which Beck Bennett played the accent coach training him to play the Southern detective Benoit Blanc.)
Late-night hosts shared Super Tuesday results during what Stephen Colbert called “Old Man Wednesday,” with most monologues focusing on Joe Biden’s 10-state sweep and Jimmy Fallon doing his best Biden and Bernie Sanders impersonations in sendups of their Tuesday night rallies.
“[Imitating Joe Biden] Hey, man, no one thought I’d be standing here on Super Thursday in the great state of what do you call it, no one! But check your record player, Jack, because Uncle Joey made it.” — JIMMY FALLON
“[As Biden] I got Texas, I got Alabama, I got the whole dang Old Town Road. In fact, I was here when they wrote the damn song!” — JIMMY FALLON
“Super Tuesday was like Easter Sunday for Joe Biden, who staged the biggest comeback since Robert Downey Jr.” — JIMMY KIMMEL
“Yesterday, Joe Biden won three states he didn’t even visit. That’s true, yeah. That explains Biden’s new campaign slogan: ‘Vote for me or I’ll come talk to you.’” — CONAN O’BRIEN
“Turns out it was a smart move to have him talk to voters as little as possible.” — SETH MEYERS