As he continues his week in Washington, D.C., Seth Meyers noted the desperate situation the GOP has fallen into after another poor debate performance by Donald Trump.
Trump surrogates and GOP pundits are frantically searching for something positive, so they resorted to complimenting Trump’s bizarre pacing and creepy body language. Brexit booster Nigel Farage even described it as Trump being like a “giant silverback gorilla prowling the studio.”
“Prowling the studio?” Meyers wondered. “It looked like he was wandering around like he was waiting for his microwave burrito to be done.”
While Trump seems to be in freefall with terrible poll numbers that don’t yet even reflect the Sunday debate, Meyers was quick to note that people have counted Trump out before and he’s managed to come back like a bad slasher movie. “He was on fire and then he fell off the roof, that’s got to be it. Oh, my God, Hillary he’s still alive!” Meyers shouted, showing a photo of Trump looming over her on the debate stage.
After his grope-tape dropped and his polling numbers followed, Republicans have been running from Trump like a political slasher movie. Appropriate, because instead of working to ease tensions and work to help the party, Trump is opting for the slash-and-burn method, attacking Paul Ryan in another of his unhinged Twitter rants. At the same time, Rudy Giuliani is threatening them by saying that if Trump wins he will remember who was with him and who was not.
“You know, Giuliani likes to think of himself as Tom Hagen from ‘The Godfather,’ but he’s really more of an Uncle Junior from the ‘Sopranos,'” Meyers said.
Trump was losing even before the debate and the “Access Hollywood” hot mic tape, but the last week has only made things worse. Instead of stomaching the reality that he’s losing, however, he either believes or is pretending that he’s actually winning. It makes his Twitter storm look increasingly more and more like a Charlie Sheen delusion. It’s gotten so bad that Trump is even attacking the polls, saying that they’re rigged against him. His proof of that comes from his large rally crowds.
“Just because you have big crowds doesn’t mean you’re winning the election,” Meyers said. “If all you needed to win was a big crowd of people, our next president would be IKEA on a Saturday.” Meyers also wondered how Trump could possibly think that everything is rigged against him. “You’re a blowhard with a 7th-grade vocabulary who became a celebrity billionaire with a supermodel wife. Life isn’t unfair to you, it’s unfair for you.”
His next four weeks of freakout also presents the looming possibility that Trump could do real, lasting damage to the country by undermining the political system. Monday he warned his supporters that the election could be stolen from them. Yet, study after study shows that the voter fraud Trump is talking about is virtually non-existent. Still, Trump is encouraging his supporters to illegally monitor polling sites for voter fraud, telling Fox News that Republicans should watch closely or the election will be taken from them.
“You want Republican to watch closely for something? May I remind you, Republicans were caught completely off-guard by a bright orange man in a bright red hat,” Meyers noted. “No wonder the Republican Party is the official party of hunting accidents.”
Yet, Trump cries fraud pretty much every time he disagrees with something. It’s exactly the same as questioning President Barack Obama’s legitimacy to be president. Now he’s attempting to do the same thing by labeling Clinton as a criminal who should be thrown in jail.
He’s also gone after the media and instead tied himself to right-wing sites run by people like Alex Jones, who recently called Clinton “an abject, psychopathic, demon from hell that as soon as she gets into power she’s going to destroy the planet. I’m sure of that. People around her say she’s so dark now and so evil and so possessed that they are having nightmares. I’m going to go ahead and say it,” Jones said on his show this week. “She’s demon possessed.”
“First of all, you can’t go that deep into Crazytown and then say, ‘I’m going to go ahead and say it.’ They’re aliens from Mars living among us! And occupying the highest levels of government and, well, I’m just going to say it, some of them are a little rude,” Meyers mocked.
It would be fine if no one took Jones seriously, but the presidential candidate of a major political party does. In an interview with InfoWars, Trump assured Jones and his supporters that he would not let them down and they would be impressed. “And I’m just going to go ahead and say it,” Meyers quipped. “I won’t appoint any demons to my cabinet.”
Trump has isolated himself, even more, bringing his most ardent supporters closer and rejecting the GOP. One family even brought their kid to a rally dressed up as Trump. The candidate brought the kid up on stage and asked him if he wanted to go back with his parents or stay up on stage with him. The kid said “Trump.” Meyers noted, “to be fair, I’d stay with Trump too if my other choice were parents who dressed me in costume and brought me to political rallies.”
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