Seth Meyers took a closer look at President Trump’s angry responses to immigration decisions and calls for his tax returns to be turned over.
Late night hosts have the tricky task of explaining President Donald Trump’s actions while weaving in heavy doses of comedies. Seth Meyers takes things to a different level when he then tries to explain Trump’s thought process behind those actions. But that is what has made “A Closer Look” a must-see segment every time it comes up on Late Night.
Sure, hosts like Jimmy Kimmel can make fun of Trump for hugging the flag or Stephen Colbert can mock the president for saying “Tim Apple” instead of “Tim Cook.” Seth Meyers does this too but he also does his best to try to explain Trump’s attitude towards his status as president in addition to covering the embarrassing moments.
That means that Meyers is addressing some of the more heavier issues stemming from the Trump administration. It is something we wouldn’t normally expect from a late night show but the genre has adapted to the Trump era and shows have become much more politically charged.
This was certainly the case during Monday night’s “A Closer Look.” In covering Trump’s reaction to immigration and calls for his tax returns to finally be revealed, Meyers concluded only one possible explanation for the president’s behavior: he thinks he is above the law.
The resignation (or dismissal) of Kirstjen Nielsen as secretary of Homeland Security is Meyers’ first example of Trump doing what he can to get his way on immigration. If judges rule against him, he’ll question why we need them. If his cabinet members can’t carry out his policies, he will replace them. If this was a game of Monopoly, Trump would be flipping the table over every time he lands on someone else’s property.
From there Meyers discusses increased calls by Democrats to see President Trump’s tax returns. This has been an issue dating back to the before the election. But a Democrat controlled House means that it is harder for Trump to keep the returns under wrap.
Meyers suggests that Trump’s mindset on keeping his tax returns secret isn’t one based on any legal grounds. Instead, the president doesn’t want to be held accountable and if pressed then he’ll slow the process down to a grinding halt. Again, if he starts to lose the game then he’ll just destroy it so nobody else can “win.”
As Seth Meyers said, it looks like the more political pressure applied to Trump the more he sees himself as above the law. It’s a dangerous approach for a president to take especially when the Democrat-led House is so eager to apply pressure. We’ll then turn to Meyers and the rest of Late Night to understand just what Trump is thinking.