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The late-night feast on Trump

A microphone on stage in front of a curtain in the shape of a large red tie
Illustration: Sarah Grillo / Axios

The morning after the Oscars, President Trump tweeted about the broadcast’s low ratings and lack of star power. Hours later, the event's host, Jimmy Kimmel, hit back and his burn picked up 200,000 retweets, capping Trump's second war of words with a comedian in four days.

Why it matters: Trump has cultivated an extraordinarily adversarial relationship with comedians and the late-night TV circuit. Millions tune in to watch normally apolitical broadcast TV networks bury the president on a nightly basis. Late-night hosts have traditionally been equal-opportunity provocateurs, digging in when there's an opening. But under Trump, the incoming has been bitter and unrelenting.