Seth Meyers: A Closer Look at GOP objection to DC statehood, Green New Deal

Residents of the District of Columbia rally for statehood (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Residents of the District of Columbia rally for statehood (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) /

The House voted to admit Washington, D.C. as the 51st state in a move that was met with strong opposition from Republicans. It’s one of several measures and policies that Seth Meyers says the GOP is freaking out over. The Late Night host explained last night in “A Closer Look.”

The D.C. bill passed along party lines on Thursday and now faces an uphill battle in the Senate. The bill would reduce the size of the federal district, including the White House and the Capitol and make a new state out of the remaining. That state would be represented by two Senators and one representative in the House.

Meanwhile, debate still rages about Georgia’s voting laws. Democrats have called the bill racist and claimed it will restrict voting access for thousands in the state. At the same time, the Green New Deal continues to come under attack by Republicans.

Democrats and Republicans disagreeing is nothing new but these bills, in particular, seem to have brought things to a new level. Seth Meyers tried to explain why in another edition of “A Closer Look.”

A Closer Look: Seth Meyers says the GOP is committed to Trumpism

According to Seth Meyers, many of the Republican Party’s problems can be traced back to Donald Trump. “A Closer Look” lays out how the paranoia and authoritarianism promoted by Trump continue to guide Republicans such as Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz.

Meyers blasts Greene for challenging Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to a debate over the Green New Deal. The Late Night host says Greene is a perfect representation of Trumpism because she’s all about performance. “A Closer Look” hammers Greene for admitting she never read the Green New Deal despite publicly criticizing it.

Next, it was Senator John Kennedy. Meyers goes after the Louisiana Senator for trying to debate Stacey Abrams over Georgia’s new voting laws. The late night host points out how unprepared Kennedy seemed to be when Abrams actually had a list of problems with the bill.

Finally, Meyers turns his attention to D.C. statehood. He dismisses GOP arguments that the measure is a step towards a radical, socialist future. Instead, Meyers points to research indicating that a majority of Americans support the core principles of what progressives propose.

Meyers closes out “A Closer Look” with a familiar point: the Republican Party doesn’t have any actual policies or convincing principles to use in a debate against D.C. statehood. It is something Meyers has said time and time again while condemning the Republican Party.

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