Seth Meyers is baffled the GOP treats Trump as a 'good luck charm' after losing White House and Congress
The host of "Late Night with Seth Meyers" took a closer look on Monday at how the GOP refuses to move on from Donald Trump.
"The Republican Party has decided that its path back to power is complete and total fealty to Donald Trump and they're purging anyone who refuses to repeat his lies about the 2020 election -- no matter how destructive it is for the country," Meyers said.
"It is exceedingly rare in the history of this country for a political party to stay so closely tied to an ex-president, let alone one that who is as deeply unpopular as Donald Trump," he said. "And let's remember, the GOP didn't just lose, they got wiped out. They lost the presidency and both house of Congress, Trump never once cracked 50% job approval and never won the popular vote. Meanwhile, President Biden is riding high with a 63% approval rating in a new poll out today."
"The GOP is treating Trump like a good luck charm even after he brought them terrible luck. If the first time Dumbo tried to fly, he plummeted to the ground and broke all four legs and both ears, he would've let go of the feather," he said.
He went on to remind his audience of the January 6th insurrection by supporters of Trump seeking to overturn the election results.
"Any sane political party would move on from a president who is both deeply unpopular, lost by a wide margin, and on top of everything else left nothing but misery and destruction in his wake and yet Republicans are not moving on. They're doubling down, they're as committed to Trump as ever and now they don't care much about how they have to lie or debase themselves to prove their loyalty to him," Meyers concluded.
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On Monday, Newsweek reported that far-right attorney Lin Wood — a longtime purveyor of election fraud conspiracy theories — has confidently predicted the arrest of Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and multiple other state officials for not overturning President Joe Biden's win in Georgia.
"In a video posted to Twitter early Monday by @PatriotTakes, Wood tells an unnamed interviewer that Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, Lt. Governor Geoffrey Duncan, Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger, and Attorney General Chris Carr will all be arrested soon," reported Cammy Pedroja. "Wood didn't specify the allegations against the Georgia officials that led to this predictions. Last year, Kemp, Duncan, Raffensperger and Carr repeatedly refused Trump's request to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in the state."
"It's called election fraud," said Wood. "That's not a good crime to commit ... That's pretty close to treason."
Wood has spearheaded multiple lawsuits to try to reverse election results from 2020, all of which were smacked down. Wood, who faces professional sanctions from the Georgia Bar for his antics, is ironically also facing an investigation that he committed voter fraud by casting a ballot in Georgia while living in South Carolina.
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Anti-Trump detractors of the GOP are growing louder in their criticisms of Donald Trump, even as the party grows increasingly hostile toward anyone that breaks from absolute praise for the former president.
On Sunday, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., likened the Republican Party to the Titanic amid the internal battle currently being waged against Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., for her anti-Trump record. Reports have speculated that the Republican Party is planning to oust Cheney as chairwoman of the House Republican Conference and replace her with budding GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y.
"Right now, it's basically the Titanic," Kinzinger warned in a CBS interview on "Face the Nation."
"We're like, you know, in the middle of this slow sink. We have a band playing on the deck telling everybody it's fine. And meanwhile, as I've said, you know, Donald Trump's running around trying to find women's clothing and get on the first lifeboat."
Kinzinger acknowledged that "there's a few of us that are just saying, 'Guys, this is not good,' not just for the future of the party, but this is not good for the future of this country."
The Illinois representative also took specific aim at House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who Kinzinger said quickly changed his tune about who is to blame for the Capitol riot.
"Liz Cheney is saying exactly what Kevin McCarthy said the day of the insurrection. She's just consistently been saying it," Kinzinger explained. "We have so many people including our leadership in the party that have not admitted that this is what it is, which was an insurrection led by the president of the United States, well-deserving of a full accounting from Republicans."
The congressman concluded that his party must have "an internal look and a full accounting as to what led to Jan. 6" and "quit peddling in conspiracies."
Kinzinger, one of the ten House Republicans that broke party ranks and voted to impeach Trump following the Capitol riot, has been a vocal apostate of the Republican Party since Trump's departure from office. In March, Kinzinger launched a super PAC dedicated to supporting anti-Trump Republicans in the 2022 elections, called "Americans Keeping Country First."
Kinzinger's comments came just as Maryland GOP Gov. Larry Hogan drew upon yet another metaphor to describe the madness of his own party. On Sunday, Hogan called the GOP "a circular firing squad" hellbent on excommunicating any member who dares utter a modicum of criticism against the former president.
In an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," Hogan addressed Cheney's potential ouster. "It just bothers me that you have to swear fealty to the dear leader or you get kicked out of the party, it just doesn't make any sense," Hogan lamented. "It's sort of a circular firing squad where we're just attacking members of our own party instead of focusing on solving problems or standing up and having an argument that we can debate the Democrats on some of the things that the Biden administration is pushing through."
He concluded: "We had the worst four years we've had ever in the Republican Party losing the White House, the House of Representatives and the Senate."
Echoing Kinzinger, Hogan shamed his colleagues for brushing the Capitol riot under the rug and not pinning enough blame on the former president.
Many party veterans have argued that the GOP will need to let go of Trump in order to build a broader coalition for the next cycle of elections. Others have suggested that Trump's effect on the American psyche will be extremely difficult to shake off.
"It's becoming increasingly difficult, it seems, for people to go out on the stump and defend somebody like Liz Cheney or Mitt Romney," said former Senator Jeff Flake, who was censured by the GOP this year. "About 70 percent of Republicans probably genuinely believe that the election was stolen, and that's debilitating. It really is."
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