As he was closing out “The 11th Hour,” the host ran a clip from The Recount of anti-vaccine and anti-mask protesters sounding off at local board meetings. Williams called such gatherings “the backbone of our country” and noted that the video featured “the most imaginative” speakers.
A vignette showed one man screaming about Nazis and infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci. Then Williams riffed.
— The Recount (@therecount) September 23, 2021
“Perhaps you remember your first edible,” he cracked before saying good night.
No mic drop necessary.
Here’s The Recount compilation in full:
Local board meetings are the backbone of America. pic.twitter.com/eQxI0QsMCQ
— The Recount (@therecount) September 22, 2021
Viewers joked about Williams’ deadpan dig ― and others noted that edibles are sometimes used for a calming effect.
He meant edible crack.
— Zachary Elwood (@apokerplayer) September 23, 2021
— Flower Child 🌸🌼💐 (@FlowerGirlBaker) September 23, 2021
The gentleman in green needs a bit of media coaching.
— B. Hilton (@The_B_Company) September 23, 2021
Brian Williams for the win!
— L. B-Smith (@rosecolordglasz) September 23, 2021
He's not on edibles, he needs an edible. Just goes to show that Williams has never had an edible. *rolls eyes*
— @krisellyn (@Krisellyn) September 23, 2021
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.