Seth Meyers’ Late Night assumed a more somber tone for its Closer Look at Donald Trump’s moves since winning the election a week ago. Trump supporters are trying to discredit protesters who have been out every night since, Meyers said, “using language nearly identical to authoritarian regimes.” Meanwhile, the national news media is bending over backwards to pretend a Trump presidency isn’t a threat to a free press, Meyers blasted.
“They talk about giving him a fresh start like he was on a diet and ate a cupcake,” the NBC late-night host scoffed.
“Many in the media are doing everything they can to delude themselves and the nation into thinking this is a normal situation, that Trump’s behavior and campaign promises don’t pose a unique threat to fundamental American principles and norms,” he warned.
Of Trump’s pick of Steve Bannon as chief strategist, Meyers scolded the press: “A quick side note to everyone calling him controversial. He’s not controversial. He’s a white nationalist and an anti-Semite. Don’t talk about him like he’s pineapple on pizza.”
And, as to Republican leaders who have been giving journalists “haven’t met the guy” responses when asked their thoughts on Bannon, Meyers snarked, “I never met John Wilkes Booth, but I let his past work inform my opinion of him.”