Seth Meyers: A Closer Look at Trump’s second impeachment and legacy

Seth Meyers (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC)
Seth Meyers (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC) /

Seth Meyers reflected on President Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment in A Closer Look

President Donald Trump was impeached for a second time in a little over a year. It capped off an unprecedented week in American history while opening the door to a whole new set of challenges. Last night on Late Night, Seth Meyers put it all in perspective with “A Closer Look.”

The House voted to hold President Trump accountable for his role in the riot at the Capitol, charging him with inciting an insurrection. A trial in the Senate won’t happen before President Trump leaves office, leading to questions about the legality of a former president going on trial.

However, there are signs that Senate Republicans aren’t completely opposed to the idea. As Stephen Colbert discussed in his monologue, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may have left the door open to convict President Trump.

In the immediate aftermath of the House vote, Seth Meyers looked at how it cemented President Trump’s legacy. “A Closer Look” also examined how the Trump Train is looking more and more empty hour by hour:

For Seth Meyers, there should be no debate over whether or not to hold President Trump accountable. The Late Night host dismisses any notion of letting President Trump leave the White House for Mar-a-Lago and forgetting all about how he incited an insurrection.

It makes it hard for Meyers to congratulate Senator Mitch McConnell or Steve Doocy for seeing things the same way. Republicans have been slowly abandoning President Trump since the election but by no means is Meyers ready to let the GOP off the hook. Anyone familiar with “A Closer Look” over the past few years knows how the comedian feels about the Republican Party.

A Closer Look: Seth Meyers says Trump’s name has been disgraced in history forever

We know that Donald Trump cares very much about his image and his reputation. But we also know that he has a hard time thinking about things in the long term. So whether his legacy is more important to him than to what he sees on television today is hard to say.

“A Closer Look” lays it out for President Trump as Seth Meyers says that Trump’s name has been “disgraced in history forever” following a second impeachment. Meyers probably has had this view since President Trump’s first impeachment and then again during the mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meyers goes on, saying that history books will not look favorably upon Donald Trump’s time in office and his record is forever stained. The Late Night host does take some satisfaction in knowing that President Trump managed to not ruin “YMCA” despite numerous attempts.

The ideal scenario for Seth Meyers is that President Trump is convicted in the Senate and faces additional charges in New York. But if none of that comes to fruition, Meyers will at least be happy believing that Donald Trump’s legacy will be that of a deeply unpopular and disgraced president.

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