Seth Meyers banned Donald Trump from appearing on his NBC late-night show last night because, Meyers said, Trump had reached a new low by pulling press credentials of the Washington Post over a headline.
But Meyers also noted, Trump had banned other media outlets in the past, and Meyers forecast that by the time of the election, the only news outlets still allowed into Trump’s campaign events will be National Enquirer and Rich Pricks Monthly.
WaPo was banned for a headline on its coverage of Trump’s post-Orlando comments in which he seemed to suggest President Barack Obama is sympathetic to ISIS sympathizers. The gunman who killed 49 people and wounded more than 53 people early Sunday morning at a gay nightclub called 911 pledging allegiance to ISIS during the rampage.
Among Trump’s comments about Obama the next day, played by Meyers: “He doesn’t get it, or he gets it better than anybody understands. It’s one or the other,” and, “We’re led by a man who is not tough, not smart – or he’s got something else in mind. And the something else in mind, you know, people can’t believe it.” Both comments aired on Fox News Channel.
“Trump is stoking fear and spreading hate,” Meyers said of the latest attack on Obama’s background by the man who formerly hosted NBC’s The Apprentice while becoming the celebrity spokesman for the Obama birther movement.
“We cannot allow it to become normalized,” said Meyers, whose network took heat when it invited Trump to become the first presidential candidate ever to host another NBC late-night show, Saturday Night Live, after Trump delivered his Mexican Rapists Are Coming! speech announcing his candidacy.
“As long as the Washington Post is banned from Donald Trump’s campaign, Donald Trump will be banned from ever coming on this show,” Meyers said. Later, he acknowledged, “To be fair he wasn’t coming on anyway, let’s be honest. He isn’t interested in being here.”
Your move, Mr. Trump.