Seth Myers: Why does Trump have appointees when he really wants ‘Mini-mes’?
Comedian Seth Meyers couldn’t help but notice that President Donald Trump constantly talks about loyalty. Perhaps that is why he is striking back against Attorney General Jeff Sessions in his rambling New York Times interview.
Sessions was the first member of the Republican Congress to come out to support Trump’s run for president. He was summarily rewarded with a cushiony post in the cabinet. However, since Session decided to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, Trump might see this as an act of disloyalty.
“Man look at those two,” Meyers said showing a video of Sessions endorsing Trump and slapping on a “Make America Great Again” hat. “Where have I seen that before?” he then asked, showing a photo of Austin Powers and Minni-Me.
“Trump would never turn on Sessions, because, as we know, Trump is nothing, if not loyal,” Meyers said before showing the news that Trump turned on Sessions.
“How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I can’t — you know, I’m not going to take you.’ It’s extremely unfair — and that’s a mild word — to the president,” Trump told the New York Times.
Meyers couldn’t figure out what Trump was even talking about.
“How would he recuse himself before he got the job?” Meyers wondered. “That would be like someone trying to get a construction job and then saying their best skill is worker’s comp.”
He went on to warn the GOP that this should be a “cautionary tale” for anyone trying to stand with Trump on any issue.
“While Trump may demand loyalty for himself, he very rarely returns it,” Meyers said.
He compared the loyalty to the hilarious way in which French President Emmanuel Macron bested Trump over Trump’s own dominant hand shake. Many late-night comedians have mocked Trump for being into the handshake and not realizing that Macron was literally getting the upper hand. In the New York Times interview, Trump still showed the ways in wich he missed what was happening with the handshake.
“He’s a great guy. Smart. Strong. Loves holding my hand,” Trump said of Macron. “People don’t realize he loves holding my hand. And that’s good, as far as that goes. He’s a very good person. I think he is going to be a terrific president of France. But he does love holding my hand.”
Sessions isn’t the only one to have a very public falling out with Trump. Fast food delivery boy Chris Christie reportedly was a close ally until he attempted to give his germ-covered cell phone to Trump. That was all it took.
“So if you’re a Republican and you’re expecting loyalty from Trump, you’re not going to get it,” Meyers explained. “Especially if throwing you under the bus will help him save his own skin from the Russia investigation. Because, one thing this latest interview made clear, Trump remains obsessed with and afraid of the Russia investigation.”
Trump seems obsessed with firing Mueller and his allies at Fox News and in Congress are already starting to lay the groundwork.
“You think Bob Mueller is dirty? He literally looks like Sam the Eagle’s human son,” Meyers said, referencing the Muppets character.
“This whole episode should be a cautionary tale for Republicans. Trump demands loyalty but he does not return it. If it will save his skin he will throw you under the bus. Luckily, for Jeff Sessions, he’s a few inches under a bus’s clearance… To all of those Trump defenders and loyalists remember: you’re going under that same bus if Trump thinks you can save him from the Russia scandal or those salacious allegations,” Meyers closed.