We’re dwelling in an exceedingly political time, with what seems like 1,000,000 insane new issues taking place each day. But regardless of the overzealous information cycle, we will’t assist however proceed to ponder Donald Trump’s comical and embarrassing interview with Jonathan Swan of Axios from late Monday evening. And so Seth Meyers spent his new “A Closer Look” phase Wednesday ripping Trump a brand new one over it.
Midway by means of the phase, Meyers needed to take a, ahem, nearer have a look at the a part of the interview when Trump tried to whip out a collection of graphs that he thought confirmed how extremely nicely the United States was dealing with the pandemic. It didn’t go nicely — Trump didn’t have a graph to counter Swan’s level that the U.S. has had the very best proportion of its inhabitants die from COVID-19 of any nation on this planet.
To which Trump infamously responded: “You can’t do that!”
“Okay, there is so much unpack here obviously, but my first thought is: generally speaking, when you’re the president reaching for a piece of paper, saying to an interviewer, ‘If you look at death…’ that’s not a great place to be. PowerPoint presentations at the office that start, ‘All right everyone, thanks for coming in, so if you look at death…’ rarely, almost never, end with promotions,” Meyers joked.
“Second, what is this chart? This is the fakest-ass looking chart I’ve ever seen. It’s just four random bars with different colors. Is this the printer test sheet?”
Meyers then joked that the graph “looks like a prop they give a fourth grader playing a businessman in a school play.”
“But the craziest part about this is Trump couldn’t even remember his own bulls—, that’s how fried his brain is,” Meyers continued. “He wanted to say our case fatality rate is the lowest in the world, which would be wrong in misleading anyway, but he couldn’t even remember that.
“He just knew someone stuck some papers in his hand with some lines on them that supposedly made the US look good. When he actually had to explain them he froze like a fifth grader who just got the word ‘milieu’ in a spelling bee.”
Then Meyers moved into mocking Trump for what he did afterward — flee to his secure area at Fox News for an interview with Lou Dobbs that Meyers described as “beyond a softball interview.” In which Trump was requested about UFOs.
Meyers additionally mentioned a subject broached by Rush Limbaugh on his radio present: why would Trump do an interview like this with a publication that isn’t on the “friendly side of the aisle.” An concept Meyers thought was very humorous.
“At this point, ‘friendly side of the aisle’ just means anyone who won’t ask a follow-up question. Even a therapist would be too challenging for Trump,” Meyers zinged.
He was additionally amused by Limbaugh’s selection of phrases there.
“Think about that word ‘friendly.’ You know it’s bad when even the president’s allies talk about him the way a parent would warn a child to stay away from strangers,” Meyers joked.
“They talk about legitimate journalists like they’re pulling up outside the White House in a windowless van.”
You can watch all the new “A Closer Look” phase from Wednesday’s episode of “Late Night With Seth Meyers” within the video embedded up on the prime of this text. Or on YouTube right here.