Seth Meyers takes A Closer Look at Trump’s bruised ego and impeachment defense

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In A Closer Look, Seth Meyers examined how President Donald Trump is preparing for his impeachment trial.

President Donald Trump was always going to make White House history one way or another. Being the third president in history to be impeached wasn’t exactly what he had in mind. And as Seth Meyers explained in “A Closer Look,” that is playing a big factor in President Trump’s impeachment defense.

Meyers and other late night comedians were confident that President Trump would be impeached for any number of scandals. As the Ukraine story continued to break with new revelations, new and old characters, and a head-spinning number of turns, it became clear that this story would be the one to put Trump’s presidency in jeopardy.

So now President Trump must defend himself against abuse of power and obstruction of Congress charges. Regardless of how his Senate trial unfolds, impeachment is a permanent stain on President Trump’s legacy. That is a tough pill to swallow for someone very much obsessed with being perceived as the smartest and greatest at everything he does.

On Monday night’s edition of “A Closer Look” Late Night with Seth Meyers explored how the need to soothe President Trump’s ego dominating the White House. Meyers also looked at the defense strategy ahead of the impeachment trial, including another attempt by President Trump to claim he doesn’t know Lev Parnas.

Last week, Late Night did an excellent job of breaking down the bombshell interviews with Lev Parnas. Parnas was an associate of Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal attorney. Parnas was also indicted on campaign finance violation charges, meaning some have questioned if he can be trusted. Yet Parnas made it very clear that President Trump was in the know when it came to the plot to withhold aid to Ukraine in exchange for a political favor.

Meyers shows that the evidence brought by Parnas isn’t convincing any of President Trump’s supporters and allies. Whether it is on Fox News or in Congress, there are those standing firm behind the president regardless of what information is released.

As “A Closer Look” points out, that type of dedication is exactly what President Trump needs to heal his bruised ego. Meyers argues that President Trump is lying about his relationship with Parnas because he knows that his presidency has been forever tainted by impeachment.

Meyers recaps President Trump’s latest Twitter meltdown in which he complained about the stigma of impeachment despite claiming to have done nothing wrong. But the Late Show host suggests that President Trump has far more to worry about than the stigma of impeachment while simultaneously dismantling his defense.

Meyers then cites CNN reports that President Trump has become distracted by his impeachment and can’t understand why this has happened. Maybe if President Trump had been keeping up with “A Closer Look” he would have a better grasp on the why and how of becoming the third president to ever be impeached.

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Those fans who have been watching Late Night with Seth Meyers can see how this all unfolded going all the way back to Rudy Giuliani’s involvement with the Trump administration. And as the impeachment trial gets underway, you can be sure that “A Closer Look” will continue to offer the most entertaining perspective on it all.