“That was translated from the original North Korean,” Williams’s dry wit concluded right after the clip ended, his biting quip drawing inspiration from the all-time classic zinger by sharp-witted liberal columnist Molly Ivins, who said of conservative Pat Buchanan’s infamously far right 1992 Republican National Convention speech: “It probably sounded better in the original German.”

“Back in the real world, here’s a reminder,” Williams continued, showing his work. “Over a month ago on February 25th, the CDC warned coronavirus spread was inevitable here in our country. Later that week, the Washington Post reported the president was furious over what he considered an alarmist response from his administration. And just two days after the CDC warning, here’s what he said: ‘You know, it could get worse before it gets better. It could maybe go away. We’ll see what happens. Nobody really knows. The fact is the greatest experts, I’ve spoken to them all, nobody really knows.’”