Seth Meyers: A Closer Look at Trump blaming blue states for COVID rates

Seth Meyer (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Time Inc)
Seth Meyer (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Time Inc) /

Seth Meyers used A Closer Look to push back against President Trump’s latest COVID-19 defense

Among Americans, there isn’t much uniting the supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump right now. The president did little to heal that divide in his latest comments defending his response to the COVID-19 pandemic as Seth Meyers explained in “A Closer Look” last night on Late Night.

It has long been clear that there are two different realities going on based on where you get your information. The White House is telling a very different story when it comes to the pandemic compared to most science experts and media outlets.

Still, there has been an effort to frame the discussion around COVID-19 without involving politics. Political affiliation, party support, and who you voted for don’t matter when it comes to who is susceptible to the virus.

Yet that message isn’t coming from President Trump. The president has suggested that removing “blue states” from the equation paints an even better picture when it comes to America’s response to the pandemic. The defense was used by Seth Meyers as another example of why the president is unfit to lead. Here’s last night’s “A Closer Look”:

A Closer Look calls out the Trump administration’s treatment of political opponents

Seth Meyers used this installment of “A Closer Look” to highlight how the Trump administration views anyone who speaks out or stands up to its actions. Meyers has long called the administration corrupt but its approach to protestors and opponents goes beyond that, says Meyers. He points to how “the language of war” has been used to describe political opponents who are treated like enemies of the state.

Take for example the report that the government was stockpiling munitions and considering using a heat ray to disperse protestors. “A Closer Look” covered what the government actually did to peaceful demonstrators in Washington, D.C. for President Trump’s photo-op. We now know that things could have been much worse.

The next example from Meyers is news that Attorney General Bill Barr considered charging protestors and politicians with sedition over demonstrations in U.S. cities. The Late Night host sums up Barr as “Trump with a law degree.”

Moving on to President Trump suggesting that “blue states” torpedoed his pandemic response brings out a different tone from Meyers. He curses out President Trump and argues that the comment was one of the most “grotesque” things the president has ever said.

It’s hard to argue with Meyers’s assessment of President Trump’s perspective on Americans. It is very much an “if you’re not with me, you’re against me” approach. The Late Night host reiterates that this is a problem with the entire Republican Party and the only solution is to make a change in November.

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