“I don’t know what the f–k he was doing, and neither did he,” Trevor Noah said. “Because with just 30 minutes to ask Hillary [Clinton] about her national security strategy, he spent one-third of the time digging through her inbox.”
Noah echoed critics who said Lauer completely mismanaged his time, made evident when he asked the Democratic presidential candidate to summarize her strategy to combat ISIS “as briefly as you can.” Things only got worse from there, according to the “Daily Show” host.
“If he wasn’t good with Hillary Clinton, he was terrible when handling Trump,” Noah bemoaned. “He just let Trump get away with blatant lies,” referencing the Republican candidate’s changing stances on the Iraq War. Watch the video below.
Stephen Colbert also took jabs at Lauer on the “Late Show.”
During his monologue, Colbert called out the same things analysts and Noah did: Lauer’s overemphasis on Clinton’s emails and lack of follow-up on Trump’s responses.
After airing a montage of Lauer hurrying and cutting off Clinton, Colbert mocked Lauer. “Sorry Secretary Clinton, foreign policy is like pizza delivery. If you can’t get your plan out in 30 seconds or less, Russia gets a free Ukraine.”
Twitter agreed with both hosts, with the hashtag #Laueringthebar trending after the televised town hall. Lauer has not commented further on his performance.
The first presidential debate, moderated by Lester Holt, is scheduled for September 26.