Seth Meyers: A Closer Look at the Republicans leading Trump’s coup

Sen. Lindsey Graham (Photo by Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (Photo by Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images) /

In A Closer Look, Seth Meyers discussed which Republicans are participating in what the Late Night host called President Trump’s coup

Nobody likes to lose but defeat seems to be an especially tough pill to swallow for Republicans. More than two weeks after President Donald Trump lost, many GOP members continue to contest the results and question the validity of the election. To identify just who is behind this movement, Seth Meyers took “A Closer Look” last night on Late Night.

President Trump made it clear months in advance that he would not accept any election outcome other than victory. It was a predictable response from the president, whose entire identity and brand are based on winning.

What has been a bit surprising is the number of Republicans going along with President Trump despite an obvious victory by President-elect Joe Biden. The Democrat earned the same number of electoral college votes as President Trump did in 2016–something the Republican repeatedly called a “landslide.”

On Late Night, Seth Meyers used “A Closer Look” to name names when it comes to GOPers the comedian says is participating in a coup. There are the usual players like Senator Lindsey Graham and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as well as others who seem intent on going down with the ship.

A Closer Look and Seth Meyers focus on Lindsey Graham and Rudy Giuliani

The past four years are full of examples of people completely changing course and forever tying themselves to Donald Trump. People who once dismissed, insulted, and criticized the former gameshow host are now among his closest allies and most ardent defenders.

There may not be a better example than Senator Lindsey Graham. The South Carolina Senator called then-candidate Donald Trump a bigot, a kook, and the potential downfall of the Republican Party. Senator Graham changed his tune after the 2016 election and has never looked back.

Here, Meyers calls out Sen. Graham for allegedly pressuring Georgia and other key states to throw out legally cast ballots in an effort to keep President Trump in the White House. The Late Night host jokes that the only way Team Trump knows how to defends its bad behavior is to confess to more bad behavior.

In Pennsylvania, President Trump’s hopes of a legal victory rest with Rudy Giuliani. The president’s personal attorney was a frequent subject of “A Closer Look” during the impeachment and has managed to stay on Late Night‘s radar ever since.

Meyers doesn’t even need to deliver any jokes to convey how much of a debacle Giuliani was in court. Instead, the comedian continues to hammer the former New York mayor for his Four Seasons Total Landscaping gaffe.

In the end, “A Closer Look” makes it clear that Seth Meyers isn’t worried about this coup being successful. The people behind it aren’t capable of accomplishing what they’ve set out to do, says Meyers. But the potential damage to the transition of power and public trust in elections is something that cannot be ignored.

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