Seth Meyers described Donald Trump’s Rose Garden speech as a peaceful police demonstrator outside the White House gates as “one of the most threatening moments” of his presidency to date.
As the Late night The host said Trump “only has two modes: menacing sociopath or flaccid fries that sit on the bottom of the bag and soak up all the oil.” Both were present in the President’s speech when he switched between “threatening” demonstrators with military force and “listless” reading from his teleprompter “empty platitudes” that he had apparently never seen before.
“I know our brains are all melted away from the constant, obvious lawlessness and madness of this government,”
But “this is a terrible moment,” he emphasized to the audience. The “inevitable worst case scenario” that everyone was concerned about is here, “he said. “You will not receive an email invitation asking you to report to the #DemocracyIsOverParty. There is no on-off switch. It turns out that democracy is weakening. This is what it looks like.”
After playing a longer clip of police officers gassing peaceful demonstrators “just so Trump could go to a church for a photo op,” Meyers said: “Trump couldn’t have done more harm to the constitution last night if he had one Sinead would have pulled O’Connor and ripped it open on TV and then eaten the pieces. ”
The presenter then mocked Trump for using this photo op to “hold a Bible in front of the camera like a fourth grader who forgot to show and tell until the last minute.” He added, “You can say that he is a man of faith as he holds the Bible as if he were selling it on QVC.”
Usually Meyers ends his “A Closer Look” segments with a joke. He didn’t even try this time.
“We can’t just wait until November and hope to vote Trump off,” he said. “We have to stand against him now to stop the country’s decline in authoritarianism before it’s too late.”