Calling the GOP “engulfed in crisis,” Late Night’s Seth Meyers spent his “closer look” segment Tuesday night—which has fast become a must-watch—on Trump’s burn it down reaction to his vile “grab them by the pussy” tape, wherein he bragged about how he could sexually assault women with impunity due to his celebrity, and subsequent dwindling poll numbers.
“The poll numbers that have come out in the past few days don’t look good for Trump, prompting many Republicans to abandon him and withdraw their endorsements,” said Meyers. “Trump has responded, meanwhile, with a slash-and-burn strategy designed to appeal to his loyal supporters, throwing the GOP, once again, into chaos.”
Broadcasting from Washington, D.C., the comedian then addressed the 40-some-odd Republicans who’ve jumped off the Trump train in the wake of the horrific tape, including noted Benghazi fanatic Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Sen. John McCain, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.Trump and his goon squad, of course, aren’t taking the defections lying down. The Republican presidential nominee has launched a series of Twitter attacks against Speaker Ryan, and even went on Bill O’Reilly’s program to whine about how he “wouldn’t want to be in a foxhole” with John McCain—who, by the way, is an actual war hero, whereas Trump dodged the Vietnam draft with five deferments, including one for magically disappearing bone spurs on his heels.
“Trump’s campaign is even going so far as to threaten disobedient Republicans, with Trump enforcer Rudy Giuliani suggesting that if he wins, Trump ‘will remember’ who was with him and who was not,” said Meyers, adding, “You know, Giuliani likes to think of himself as Tom Hagen from The Godfather, but he’s really more of an Uncle Junior from The Sopranos.”
This is all part of Trump’s plan to set up the GOP leadership as a possible scapegoat should he lose in the general. At recent rallies, Trump’s also claimed “the polls are crooked” and the election could be “stolen” from his supporters.“Even if he loses, Trump can still do lasting damage by questioning the legitimacy of our political system,” said Meyers. “Of course, as many studies have proven, voter fraud is nonexistent in this country. And yet for months Trump has been actively calling on his supporters in the Republican Party to illegally monitor polling sites for nonexistent voter fraud.”
“Our political system depends on people accepting the outcome—even if they don’t agree with it,” he continued. “But Trump cries fraud whenever he disagrees with something or someone, just like he questioned President Obama [with his birther crusade], and now he’s trying to delegitimize Hillary Clinton by calling her a criminal who should be thrown in jail.”
The tears of a clown.