Late Night host Seth Meyers told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes that he continues to be shocked by the ways in which President Donald Trump’s scandals manage to one-up themselves.
“That is the other part of this is, when we watch people in this orbit commit crimes, it has not been incredibly sneaky stuff,” Hayes said. “It has been in broad daylight activity.”
“It’s never that scene from a movie where the detective has yarn going a hundred deferent ways,” Meyers agreed. “It is just one piece of yarn.”
“And you get Rick Gates on the stand, that was an amazing moment. ‘We did crimes together,'” Hayes said quoting Gates.
Meyers said that there’s something “really sweet” about describing it in that way. It reminded him of Bonnie and Clyde, “they did crimes together.”
Meyers also noted that his nightly show has begun doing a “check-in” segment, where they will describe what is happening while Americans were glued to their televisions over the scandal de jour.
He also explained that it seemed all of the late-night shows discovered Americans wanted to hear political comedy at the same time and pivoted their shows to do exactly that.
“From my time at SNL, especially a presidential election where there is no incumbent. You have big fields on both sides, and there are fun things to write about. Som that started for all of us. And you know, that was the carnival that we all thought would eventually leave town, like carnivals do. We’re a permanent carnival. We learn during the campaign how to get ready for this.”
Meyers noted that there are serious subjects that the team simply can’t make jokes about. Family separation isn’t funny, but the challenge is finding ways to make fun of those hurting families.
“It always feels like it is getter more intense,” Hayes said. “I have this signal with the staff, banning adverbs. Like, ‘Donald Trump is growing increasingly,’ well it’s been increasing for months. Do you have that feeling that we are hurtling towards something?”
“Like you say, that has also been this feeling from the beginning of hurtling. We did a ‘Closer Look’ about him fudging the facts on the Carrier air-conditioning,” Meyers remembered. “That was a thing that seemed like a real thing.”
Now, something as simple as that is the “dream,” he described.
Watch the full interview below:
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"Among the problems was a federal law enforcement probe involving individuals Pence would likely encounter, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the incident. If Pence stepped off the vice presidential aircraft, one of the people he would have seen on the ground was under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration for moving more than $100,000 of fentanyl from Massachusetts to New Hampshire," Politico reported.
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Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló was outed for cold and heartless comments he exchanged about his own island in wake of the horrific hurricanes that destroyed the island in 2017. He's also being forced to ask questions about the corruption involving the funding for hurricane relief. Nearly 1 million people have taken to the streets demanding accountability and action.
In his first interview, Rosselló may have assumed he'd meet a friendly audience on Fox News, but Shep Smith let him have it.
"The corruption is rampant in Puerto Rico," Smith said. "Economically Puerto Rico is in a fiscal crisis, $70 billion in debt and a 13-year recession. In the leaked 900 pages of profanity-laced messages, dubbed RickyGate, after you, sir, you made light of the casualties of the Hurricane Maria, you tossed homophobic and misogynistic remarks, You were calling the former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverit a whore. Of the oversight board that rules Puerto Rico's finances, you said, 'Go F-yourself. And when your representative to that board said he is salivating to shoot the woman who is the mayor of San Juan, you said, 'You’d be doing me a grand favor.' So, attacks on woman, gays, dead relatives on your own island and after that who is left to support you? Is it even safe for you to govern?"
Puerto Ricans launch biggest protest yet against governor
Angry protesters blocked the main road in Puerto Rico's capital on Monday as they launched what was expected to be the largest yet of a wave of demonstrations seeking the resignation of the US territory's embattled governor.
Marching under sunny skies in San Juan, the demonstrators sang, chanted, danced and carried the territory's red, white and blue flag with a lone star.
Altogether, hundreds of thousands were expected to turn out.
Puerto Ricans are up in arms over alleged corruption involving money meant to be for victims of Hurricane Maria in 2017, which left nearly 3,000 dead.