Seth Meyers: A Closer Look at Trump’s gag order and Jordan’s Speaker bid

LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 1421 -- Pictured: Host Seth Meyers during the monologue on May 1, 2023 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 1421 -- Pictured: Host Seth Meyers during the monologue on May 1, 2023 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC) /

Late Night with Seth Meyers continues to track the chaos and confusion in the Republican Party. Monday night’s “A Closer Look” segment delved into the gag order on former President Donald Trump and efforts to make Representative Jim Jordan the new Speaker of the House.

The in-fighting among Republicans following the ousting of Kevin McCarthy couldn’t have come at a better time for late-night TV. It has provided shows like Late Night with Seth Meyers with top-tier material coming out of the Writers Guild of America strike.

That trend continued on Monday as Meyers used “A Closer Look” to check in with GOP members engaged in “humiliating” internal conflict. First up, Meyers covered the gag order leveled against Donald Trump.

Meyers joked that the only thing Trump would have a harder time not discussing than the trial would be windmills and toilets. The former president’s bizarre rants on those topics have been a go-to punchline for late-night TV hosts such as Meyers, Stephen Colbert, and Jimmy Kimmel.

Seth Meyers takes A Closer Look at Jim Jordan as the possible next Speaker of the House

Seth Meyers makes it clear that Donald Trump is still the unquestioned leader of the Republican Party. But the Late Night host also looked at how Trump’s shortcomings as a leader have trickled down to every branch of the government.

Republicans still haven’t nominated a replacement for Kevin McCarthy. Representative Steve Scalise seemed to have a path but withdrew when it was obvious he wouldn’t get the votes. Now, Ohio’s Jim Jordan appears to be the frontrunner.

Meyers said that it isn’t even fair to call the House GOP a “clusterf***” because that would imply some level of organization or connection. Instead, “A Closer Look” suggested the best adjective would be a “scatterf***.”

The segment even pointed to comments from Republicans to prove its point about how disorderly things have become. Meyers shows GOP members criticizing their own party and members more interested in going on TV than governing. The comedian isn’t all that surprised, noting that the party let Donald Trump rise to the top.

It doesn’t look like Jim Jordan has the votes to become Speaker of the House. So if the GOP in-fighting continues, expect another “Closer Look” from Seth Meyers soon.