New book: Jokes about the president have surged with Trump

December 30, 2019 GMT

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — More jokes have been told about President Donald Trump on late-night television than any other political figure in almost 30 years.

That’s according to a new book written by two university professors in Virginia that’s entitled “Late Night with Trump: Political Humor and the American Presidency.”

The Free Lance-Star reported Friday that the book found that 49 percent of the jokes told about Trump during his first year in office had taken aim at him. The book also says that comedians told three times as many jokes about Trump than they did about George H.W. Bush.


The book was written by Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington and S. Robert Lichter, a communications professor at George Mason University.

Farnsworth told the newspaper that Bill Clinton “used to be the record holder (in terms of jokes made about him), but we have a new champion.”