James Corden opened Tuesday night’s (Oct. 6) Late Late Show with a Paul McCartney parody in which he took on Pres. Trump’s reckless COVID-19 statements with the song “Maybe I’m Immune.” Seated at a grand piano, Corden performed the song just a day after Trump returned to the White House following a three-day hospitalization with COVID, which has now spread to two dozen key West Wing staffers and military officials and sent the Joint Chiefs of Staff into quarantine.
The song, which highlighted Trump’s steadfast refusal to wear a mask despite experts’ best advice, swapped out McCartney’s 1970 lyrics to “Maybe I’m Amazed,” opening with Trump’s video message that included the 74-year-old president saying, “I learned so much about coronavirus. I know there’s a risk, there’s a danger, but now I’m better… and maybe I’m immune, I don’t know.”
Corden flipped it to, “Maybe I’m immune ’cause today I’m feeling so alive/ Just don’t be afraid of the way I’m breathing,” adding a reference to the widely criticized joyride Trump took over the weekend while he was still contagious to wave to a group of admirers outside Walter Reed Medical Center, even as the still-contagious commander in chief potentially exposed his Secret Service members to the deadly virus. “Maybe I’m immune, it’s OK to go out for a ride/ With others trapped inside/ Maybe you’re immune to the lies my doctors tell you.”
The song unfolded as video of Trump waving to supporters from inside the vehicle and stripping off his mask as soon as he arrived at the White House played behind him, with Corden singing, “Maybe I’m a man and maybe I don’t wear a mask ’cause I don’t care about others/ Science I don’t really understand.” The video also included clips of Trump’s famously irresponsible suggestion that Americans inject bleach to cleanse the virus from the inside, which he has since said was a joke.
“Maybe I’m a man, and maybe I’m just high from this experimental cocktail/ Maybe I just need some oxygen,” Corden sang, with a final dig at the current polls that show Trump badly trailing rival former Vice President Joe Biden. “Maybe on Nov. 3 I just might lose this,” he concluded in a dramatic flourish. To date, the coronavirus has killed more than 210,000 Americans and sickened in excess of 7.5 million.
Watch Corden’s parody video below.