Seth Meyers: A Closer Look at the White House COVID outbreak’s election connection

Judge Amy Coney Barrett (R) speaks in the Rose Garden (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Judge Amy Coney Barrett (R) speaks in the Rose Garden (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) /

In A Closer Look, Seth Meyers connected the spread of COVID-19 in the White House to the administration’s election strategy

The novel coronavirus has spread throughout the White House, infecting President Donald Trump and several members of his administration and inner circle. In taking “A Closer Look” at the outbreak, Seth Meyers connected the spread of the virus to the Republican Party’s election strategy.

Since fans last heard from Meyers, President Trump has been diagnosed with COVID-19, treated, and released from the hospital. Meanwhile, First Lady Melania Trump, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnaney, and President Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien are among those who have also tested positive.

The White House outbreak overshadowed a number of other stories that otherwise would have received the full attention of both the press and late-night television. Meyers acknowledged that fact on Tuesday night’s Late Night but chalked it up to life in the Trump age.

One of those stories that were moved to the back burner was the ongoing Republican effort to disrupt the election in favor of President Trump. But as Meyers explained, the election and White House infection stories are very much connected.

Seth Meyers took A Closer Look at the ceremony for Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination

Reports suggest that the Rose Garden ceremony to announce Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court played a major role in the spread of COVID-19 in the Trump White House. The Sept. 26 event was attended by many administration officials and others from Trump’s orbit who have since tested positive.

For Seth Meyers, it is a perfect example of karma. The Late Night host harshly criticized President Trump and the Republican Party for trying to rush Barrett’s confirmation ahead of the Nov. 3 election rather than wait to see who wins. Meyers called it an act of desperation and now it has come back to bite the GOP.

“A Closer Look” also points out that if Barret is confirmed, it will likely mean the end of the Affordable Care Act. The ACA is currently assisting millions of Americans including those infected with COVID-19. Meyers questions the logic and morality of taking health care away from those suffering from the same condition that is now plaguing the White House.

Meyers sums things up by saying how impossible it is to keep on top of the stories that come from the Trump White House. Yet at the same time, the comedian notes that the stories can always be boiled down to the same theme: we can’t believe a word the president or his aides say.

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