Seth Meyers: A Closer Look at Trump’s baseless election victory claims

President Donald Trump (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Seth Meyers used A Closer Look to examine President Donald Trump’s response to a narrowing reelection path

We were told that it may take up to a week or more to determine the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Most people were able to understand and accept this because of the large number of mail-in ballots that needed to be counted. But President Donald Trump isn’t most people. His declarations of victory and attempt to stop vote counts were the subject of “A Closer Look” last night on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

The election hinges on key states including Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Arizona. These states look like clear victories for President Trump on election night. However, as more mail-in ballots were counted, momentum shifted to former Vice President Joe Biden.

It was a trend that many predicted would happen given Democrats disproportionately voting by mail while President Trump spent months encouraging his supporters to vote in person. As of Friday morning, nothing has been decided and there is still a chance that these states could go either way.

But that didn’t stop President Trump from crying foul. In a series of tweets, press releases, and speeches, he claimed that ballots were “magically” appearing and alleged instances of fraud in the states he was losing. In response, he declared that he had won multiple battleground states and was victorious in the election. His reaction prompted a closer look from Seth Meyers:

There were reports ahead of the election that President Trump would claim a premature victory. The White House denied that report but as has happened time and time again, President Trump contradicted his own administration by declaring victory.

But Seth Meyers reminds President Trump that it doesn’t quite work that way. Like Michael Scott declaring bankruptcy or Meyers declaring himself protector of the realm in Westeros, simply saying something does not make it true. Tallying the votes is what will decide who the next president will be.

In A Closer Look, Seth Meyers calls out the contradicting arguments coming from Team Trump

“A Closer Look” then pivots to discussing how President Trump and allies are attempting to make the case of voter fraud and cheating. Seth Meyers doesn’t seem surprised to see Team Trump flailing and lacking any cohesion in their message.

Whether it is Kellyanne Conway or Sarah Huckabee Sanders, nobody appears to be on the same page as President Trump. Meyers points out that some have called for patience and demand that every vote be counted. Meanwhile, President Trump has tweeted out “stop the count” while claiming that he won the election if you eliminate “illegal” votes.

Kayleigh McEnaney and Rudy Giuliani didn’t do much better in defending President Trump’s baseless claims. It’s possible that we are coming to the end of McEnaney and Giuliani’s time in the spotlight and it’s safe to say that “A Closer Look” won’t quite be the same without them.

The lack of a coherent argument or evidence makes it easy for Seth Meyers to dismiss everything coming from Team Trump. But with Vice President Biden’s lead growing and he inches closer to the White House, President Trump and his allies are only likely to get more desperate.

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