Seth Meyers: A Closer Look at the powerful case against Trump

Seth Meyer (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Time Inc)
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Tuesday was the first official day of former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial. While Republicans argued against the constitutionality of the trial, Democrats made their case for holding President Trump accountable for inciting an insurrection. Last night in “A Closer Look,” Seth Meyers argued why it’s an open and shut case.

That Meyers believes President Trump is guilty is no surprise. The Late Night host has identified about a dozen different things over the past four years that he thinks should have ended the Trump administration. Inciting an insurrection was just the final act.

A majority of Republicans in the Senate have indicated they won’t hold former President Trump accountable for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. But as Meyers explained last night in “A Closer Look,” it is impossible to ignore or refute the case against Donald Trump.

Meyers recapped the case made by the impeachment managers while also calling out Republicans for refusing to do their jobs. It was another classic installment of “A Closer Look” that held nothing back.

Seth Meyers calls out conservatives trying to distract from impeachment

Seth Meyers argues that Republicans and conservatives have no interest in debating the facts in the case against former President Trump. They also don’t actually care about whether or not it’s constitutional. Instead, Meyers says it’s all about a culture war.

He highlights how Fox News has suggested that Democrats are just as responsible for the violence that occurred at the Capitol. Meyers shows clips from Laura Ingraham attacking President Joe Biden’s immigration policy in an attempt to scare her audience while ignoring President Trump’s role in inciting a riot and the dozens of criminal investigations surrounding him.

Meyers doesn’t struggle to dismiss the Republican argument that impeaching a former president is unconstitutional. He does struggle to understand how some GOPers can claim they’ve already made up their mind about the trial despite their duty to be impartial jurors. In the end, Meyers sees it as another example of the corruption and ethical void within the party.

“A Closer Look” suggests that these distractions are partly due to how strong the case is against former President Trump. There is plenty of evidence to support the charges–so much so that Democrats put together a video showcasing the violence at the Capitol only to have some Republicans refuse to watch. Meyers isn’t holding his breath that justice will be served but the Late Night host at least knows who to blame if President Trump is not held accountable.

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