Seth Meyers: A Closer Look at Republicans’ refusal to move on from Trump

President Donald Trump (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) /

The Republican Party is still very much the party of Donald Trump. That is Seth Meyers assessment as the Late Night host took “A Closer Look” at why the GOP remains so loyal to the former president.

How the party rallied around Trump following his election in 2016 is no surprise. But what some can’t understand is why Republicans remain loyal to Trump despite losing the 2020 election to President Joe Biden by 7 million votes.

That blind loyalty has been on display in recent weeks. Prominent Republicans such as Senator Ted Cruz have been photographed with Trump in Florida. Representative Liz Cheney was ousted from her leadership position for criticizing Trump and his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

To understand why the GOP remains under Trump’s influence, Seth Meyers dedicated an installment of “A Closer Look” to the topic. Meyers explained how the factors that created Trump and the “destruction” left behind by the former president are major factors.

A Closer Look: Seth Meyers on why Republicans won’t move on from Donald Trump

If you’ve paid attention to “A Closer Look” over the past few years, then you know how Seth Meyers views the Republican Party and the conservative movement. Time and time again, Meyers has called out corruption, racism, and dishonesty he sees coming from the right. The Late Night host knew it was inevitable that someone like Donald Trump would rise to the top of it.

But what surprises Meyers is how “Republicans themselves would be so eager to cling to the abject failure that was the Trump era.” He points to how Republicans sounded eager to move on in the wake of the Capitol riot after spending four years backing everything that President Trump did.

“A Closer Look” highlights Jim Jordan, Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz for their unwavering support of Donald Trump. Meyers mocks these Republicans for using Trump’s name for attention, fundraising, and media appearances.

Once again, Meyers argues that the GOP doesn’t have a platform based on policies or values. Instead, he says they rely on anti-democratic methods to win elections. The comedian sums up how this has made it impossible to move on from Donald Trump:

"Republicans have calculated that they don’t need democracy, so they can stick by a deeply unpopular ex-president who never once cracked 50% job approval and never won the popular vote."

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