With Jon Stewart out of the picture and Stephen Colbert playing it relatively straight, Seth Meyers has become one of late-night television’s most vital voices this campaign season. So he was particularly missed when he decided to take some time off last week, less than a month before Election Day.
And he had a lot to catch up on when he returned to the air Monday night.
After a disastrous third presidential debate, Trump tried to get his campaign back on track this past week with a speech from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, that Meyers described as “a chance to finally rise above the fray and come across as presidential.”
“And he definitely did not do that,” the host added, pointing to the 15 minutes Trump spent threatening to sue his female accusers. “So basically, Trump did worse at Gettysburg than the South did.”
Meyers went on to say that Trump “dug himself an even deeper hole with women voters” at the final debate when he called Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman.” Instead of saying things that “might actually get more people to vote for him,” the host said Trump has decided instead to complain that the whole election is “rigged” against him.
Meanwhile, he added, it is Republicans who are trying to “suppress” votes by reducing the number of polling places, causing four-hour lines to vote early in some states. “Four hours is longer than Donald Trump prepared for any of the debates,” Meyers said. “The only place Trump ever spent four hours was backstage at a Miss Universe pageant.”