While much of the media has gotten flack for letting Donald Trump get away with an endless stream of outrageous statements, racist rhetoric, and flat-out lies, Seth Meyers has remained an exception. The Late Night host has made it his personal mission to call out Trump on a nightly basis, particularly in his segment “A Closer Look,” which sees Meyers adopt a Daily Show-style format to pick apart Trump’s lies. So when Trump told perhaps his biggest lie of the campaign so far—that Hillary Clinton started the so-called “birther” movement and that he finished it—you knew Meyers would go in.
“‘Obama was born in the United States, period’?” Meyers said, repeating Trump’s statement. “Fuck you, exclamation point! You don’t get to peddle racist rhetoric for five years and decide when it’s over. We decide when it’s over. And it’s certainly not over after a 30-second statement in the middle of a hotel commercial.”
Meyers was one of the first people to publicly ridicule Trump for peddling the racist conspiracy theory, when he roasted him as host of the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2011, and it was almost like he couldn’t believe he was revisiting the subject five years later. Meyers also took aim at “cartoon gangster” Governor Chris Christie, who went on national television recently and backed up Trump’s claim that he dropped his birther claims in 2011. But his real ire was saved for Trump. “By the way, I’m not sure the guy who holds fake press conferences, has a fake university, has fake foundation, fake hair, and a fake tan should be the one in charge of deciding what’s real,” a fired up Meyers said.
The entire segment is well worth watching, especially if you, like us, are searching for a voice of reason amidst all of this madness.