Seth Meyers: A Closer Look at GOP efforts to cancel Fauci and MLB

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

It sounds as if the Republican Party can’t decide where it stands on “cancel culture.” Despite bemoaning the influence of “woke mobs,” the GOP is simultaneously trying to cancel individuals and organizations in opposition to the party’s beliefs. In “A Closer Look,” Seth Meyers examined the GOP’s latest attacks on Dr. Anthony Fauci and Major League Baseball.

There is a long list of conservatives and republicans who have claimed to be on a crusade against cancel culture. Donald Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., Ted Cruz, Matt Gaetz, Sean Hannity, and Tucker Carlson are just some of those arguing that society has become too sensitive and that the left wants to destroy anyone who disagrees with them.

It was enough to make national stories out of Mr. Potato Head’s gender or the discontinuation of Dr. Seuss books. Critics of the GOP dismissed the outrage as nothing more than a manufactured culture war used as a last resort for a party rapidly falling out of favor and eating itself alive.

But Republicans are still going and have now set their sights on MLB for pulling the All-Star Game out of Georgia and on Dr. Fauci (again) for his pandemic recommendations. Seth Meyers took it upon himself to respond in another edition of “A Closer Look.” Check out the video below.

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Major League Baseball isn’t the only one to distance itself from Georgia following the state passing a controversial set of new voting laws. Former President Trump called for a Coca-Cola boycott after the company criticized Georgia. Now, Republican Senators are fixated on punishing MLB by stripping it of its antitrust exemption.

Meyers explains that this is effectively an attempt to “cancel” MLB by the GOP. The Late Night host is quick to dismiss Republican arguments that voters are afraid of big corporations, reminding everyone of the GOP’s history of tax cuts, rollbacks, and breaks it has afforded corporations.

Where was Senator Josh Hawley during protests by Amazon workers looking to unionize? It’s a question “A Closer Look” asks in response to Hawley’s warning about big corporations. Meyers uses it as another example of the GOP’s hypocrisy when it comes to big business and taxes.

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Meanwhile, the country is still trying to pull itself out of the pandemic. The vaccine rollout has largely been a success with the number of doses manufactured and administered exceeding expectations.

But health experts remain cautious about a potential wave before the summer. However, Republicans such as Senator Rand Paul are skeptical about the science behind masks and social distancing.

Seth Meyers responded to Sen. Paul’s attempt to bar Dr. Anthony Fauci from television. The comedian said he’d rather hear from Fauci than Paul before making a joke about another GOP attempt at cancel culture:

"Does this mean you’re trying to cancel Fauci? You guys accused the left of trying to cancel Dr. Seuss and now you’re trying to cancel an actual doctor? If this keeps up, Republicans are going to try to cancel actual potatoes."

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