Seth Meyers picked a hell of a week to take a hiatus. Trump does and says wild things literally every day that late night hosts hardly have to write jokes about, but “Hey medical doctors, can we look into injecting disinfectant into people to cure coronavirus?” was an instant Hall of Famer. (Yes, that’s a paraphrase, but only barely.)
So when Meyers’ attic-based A Closer Look segment returned on Monday night, he was obviously going to start with the briefing where the president floated the idea of getting disinfectant and “powerful” light “into the body,” and his attempts at damage control by claiming it was a “sarcastic” comment aimed at the reporters he doesn’t like “just to see what would happen.”
“Because if there’s one thing people want from their leadership during a pandemic, it’s sarcasm,” said Meyers, correctly demonstrating sarcasm.
Even if you took Trump’s claim that he wasn’t actually suggesting bleach and sunlight “injections” in good faith, Meyers takes a look at the moment from several angles and breaks down exactly why it makes zero sense.
“You were not talking to reporters — you turned to your medical advisers, directly addressed them, and asked them to look into it,” Meyers pointed out, showing footage of Trump asking a dumbfounded Dr. Deborah Birx by name if they could “look into” his thought bubble.
“Just look at Dr Birx’s face while he’s asking her these insane questions. If this keeps up she’s gonna start wearing five more scarves.”
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