Seth Meyers: A Closer Look at President Trump’s coronavirus cover-up

Seth Meyers (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC)
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Seth Meyers called out the Trump administration’s pandemic response

The novel coronavirus pandemic hasn’t come to end or even faded away. You wouldn’t think so by looking at some states that have reopened in the past few weeks. You also wouldn’t believe it if you listened to President Donald Trump and his administration, says Seth Meyers.

States have been rolling out different phases of plans to get people back outside and supporting local businesses. Social distancing and wearing face coverings are still encouraged even if some Americans refuse to do so. The result is an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in states like Texas, Arizona, and Florida.

President Trump is not exactly setting an example on how to flatten the curve. He is preparing to hold his signature MAGA rallies over the coming weeks. The first is scheduled for June 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Masks are not required at the event despite the venue canceling all other events through July due to concerns over the pandemic.

Late Night with Seth Meyers has used a number of “A Closer Look” segments to condemn the Trump administration’s pandemic response. From downplaying its severity to self-congratulating, Meyers has seen very few positives come from the White House. And now the comedian is calling it a “cover-up” that is only getting worse as President Trump and his allies act like the pandemic is no longer here.

Seth Meyers dismantled Trump’s logic behind defending his administration

Defeating President Trump’s arguments or pointing out the flaws in his logic isn’t exactly an impressive feat these days. Late night hosts like Meyers, Stephen Colbert, and Samantha Bee have been doing it nonstop for the past five years. But still, nobody does it quite like Meyers and “A Closer Look.”

President Trump has frequently celebrated America’s testing during the pandemic, noting that it has surpassed the number of tests done by any other country. But the president has refused to acknowledge the per capita test rate and how it lags behind other countries. Now his defense is that America only has so many cases because of the number of tests that have been done.

It makes an easy target for Meyers. Playing peek-a-boo with a child, tricking a dog, and taking an eye exam are all used to point out the absurdity of Team Trump’s argument. Meyers goes on to point out that the number of tests is not behind the rise in COVID-19 cases anyway.

Meyers makes a convincing case that the Trump administration acting as if the pandemic is no longer a problem and twisting facts to fit its narrative bears significant responsibility for the ongoing health crisis. Comparing the U.S. to European countries, Meyers shows how things are going in the wrong direction under the White House’s leadership.

The current administration may want the pandemic story to go away. But it is clear that Late Night with Seth Meyers is going to do its part to make sure that doesn’t happen. Late night monologues have been something of a public service announcement over the past few months and “A Closer Look” remains a must-watch segment.

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