A Closer Look: Seth Meyers on the GOP’s nihilism and Supreme Court plan

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ((Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ((Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) /

Seth Meyers looked at how the Republican Party is trying to rush to fill the Supreme Court vacancy

As many predicted, the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg prior to the presidential election touched off what will be an ugly political battle between Republicans and Democrats. Last night on Late Night, Seth Meyers used “A Closer Look” to examine the GOP strategy and hypocrisy.

The passing of Justice Ginsburg led to an outpouring of support and commentary on her life. Her legacy will go far beyond law as Justice Ginsburg became a cultural icon for so many people.

The Trump administration has touted the number of federal judges it has installed since 2016. And after naming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, President Trump and his allies seemed eager to get another chance at selecting a lifetime appointee.

Justice Ginsburg’s death comes less than two months before the election. It led some to hope that the process of replacing her would wait until the American people decided on the next president. But that isn’t the schedule the GOP is operating on, no matter how hypocritical it sounds considering the narrative around President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016.

According to Seth Meyers, if Repubicans get their way then they will establish a minority rule for a generation. He explained last night in “A Closer Look.”

Seth Meyers: The Supreme Court Justice debate is another chance for the GOP to prop up President Trump

Seth Meyers lays out his case for why President Donald Trump shouldn’t be making any meaningful decisions, let alone one that will have the type of longlasting impact as nominating a Supreme Court Justice. Meyers questions the president’s health and mental fitness, citing recent clips of President Trump struggling with his speech.

But the Late Night host can also see the writing on the wall. For years he has documented the ways in which the Republican Party has supported President Trump through scandal, controversy, and questionable decisions. Meyers knows this won’t change when the power to add another conservative voice to the Supreme Court is the hands of President Trup and the GOP, possibly only for a few more months.

Meyers also knows that there is no point in highlighting the GOP’s hypocrisy. “A Closer Look” argues that it would only be effective if Senator Mitch McConnell and other felt shame. Still, Meyers can’t help but roll the montage of Republicans arguing the opposite point back in 2016. The Late Night host sums it up as beyond hypocrisy to the point of nihilism.

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