Three weeks away from the election and with the formal transition of power finally underway, Seth Meyers appeared forward to calmer information cycles of the long run on Monday night time. “One factor I’m positively not going to overlook concerning the Trump period is the Mad-libs model information reporting,” the Late Evening host mentioned.
“One other factor I received’t miss is attempting to observe the rotating forged of fringe rightwing weirdos who come out and in of the Trump world,” such because the conspiracy-peddling figures on the Trump authorized workforce led by Rudy Giuliani. Final week, the previous mayor of New York Metropolis held a press convention in Philadelphia peddling lies about voter fraud whereas darkish droplets – seemingly brown hair dye blended with sweat – dripped from his temples.
“Rudy dyed his hair frantically in a toilet like Richard Kimball in The Fugitive,” Meyers joked. “I imply, if I noticed that popping out of my radiator I’d be pounding on my tremendous’s door.”
Giuliani and his workforce are “the one individuals Trump has left, as a result of no legit lawyer needs to be a part of this unhinged assault on American democracy”, Meyers continued, pointing to stories that the majority of Trump’s authorized workforce has give up. “At this level, the Trump authorized workforce is like CVS at midnight – certain, they’re ‘open,’ however no person really works there.”
Meyers zeroed in on one particularly fringe determine: Sidney Powell, “by far the craziest addition to the Trump Cinematic Universe,” a lawyer who spent the weekend floating a very unhinged conspiracy idea that concerned Georgia governor and Trump ally Brian Kemp, the CIA, and Venezuela’s deceased president, Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013, in a plot towards the president.
“Should you thought Rudy was bonkers, this girl is crazier than a cereal mascot,” Meyers mentioned. Her theories sans any proof spooked even the president’s staunchest allies on Fox Information, who pressed her with questions when she promised, as she mentioned on Lou Dobbs’s present, to “launch the Kraken”.
“I assume the one Kraken we ended up seeing was in Rudy Giuliani’s hair dye,” Meyers retorted. “They don’t have any proof, which is why attorneys hold quitting or getting fired or laughed out of court docket, as a result of this entire factor isn’t really about proof. It’s about manufacturing a conspiracy idea that may animate Trump’s base for years to come back. It’s simply one other rip-off.”
The Late Present taped simply after Emily Murphy, head of the Normal Companies Administration, “ascertained” the election end result and initiated the formal transition course of to President-elect Joe Biden. “So it’s official, our subsequent commander in chief shall be President Biden,” mentioned Stephen Colbert. “Which implies someplace proper now, Rudy Giuliani is submitting a final ditch authorized declare that our present president’s authorized title has all the time been Joe Biden.”
In one other blow to Trump’s disintegrating try and overturn the election outcomes, Georgia officers accomplished a hand recount of the whole state to substantiate that Joe Biden received – “so the president noticed the writing on the wall, and graciously…requested Georgia for one more recount,” Colbert deadpanned. “He needs them to recount the recount? Mr President, issues don’t essentially get higher if you ask for a do-over. Have a look at Eric.”
Colbert additionally touched on the president’s try and distance himself from Powell, whose conspiracy theories on Trump’s election loss had been outrageous sufficient to advantage skepticism from Fox Information host and dependable Trump conspiracy peddler Tucker Carlson.
Even Giuliani tried to distance himself from Powell, releasing a press release claiming “Sidney Powell is working towards regulation on her personal” and that she is “not a member of the Trump Authorized Staff”.
“Sure, she doesn’t work for them in any respect, it’s only a coincidence that in Giuliani’s two-hour press convention, she was on stage the whole time,” Colbert mentioned, with picture proof. “It’s a easy mix-up! They invited Sidney Powell however they meant to ask Sidney Powell Whole Landscaping.”
And in Los Angeles, Jimmy Kimmel recapped the 20th day of “Squattergate,” through which “we nonetheless haven’t seen the president concede. We’ve barely even seen the president.”
The president as soon as once more had no public occasions on Monday – “just a few consuming and a few non-public screaming right into a MyPillow” on the docket, Kimmel joked – after a weekend of golf.
Nonetheless, “I’ve by no means seen a man attempt so exhausting to maintain a job he doesn’t even do,” Kimmel mentioned, as on Friday, Trump “tried to intrude within the election personally” by inviting Michigan’s Senate majority chief and speaker of the Home, each Republicans, to the White Home for some “bigly buttering up”. The plying didn’t work; on Monday, Michigan’s board of canvassers licensed the state’s election end result, as soon as once more confirming Joe Biden because the nation’s forty sixth president.
Kimmel additionally touched on Powell and her fear-mongering that Kemp was bribed by a voting machine firm to throw the election to the Biden. “I assume that was an excessive amount of even for Donald Trump, as a result of per week after he welcomed Sidney Powell to what he described as a ‘really nice authorized workforce,’ the marketing campaign put out a press release saying ‘Sidney Powell is working towards regulation on her personal,’” Kimmel defined.
“It’s an actual CrackerJack workforce of attorneys he put collectively right here, in that he seems to really have discovered them in containers of CrackerJacks.”