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Seth Meyers says "f*ck off" to Trump, warns that Trumpism could happen again

  • The Late Night host began his Inauguration Eve "A Closer Look" segment on the end of the Trump presidency by pointing to the president's “meaningless, lie-filled farewell message” on Tuesday. “F*ck off, you don’t get to do that,” he said, according to The Daily Beast. “You don’t want to do any of the hard parts of leaving like gracefully admitting you lost and attending your successor’s inauguration, but you want us to watch your lie-filled 20-minute farewell speech, which I am certain you are reading for the first time?” Meyers then looked back at the first "incredibly stupid lie" of the Trump presidency: the size of his inauguration crowd. That lie, he said, paved the way to the "poisonous" lies about coronavirus and the 2020 election. “It’s not just that Trump inhabits an unhinged fantasy world, which he does,” he said, “or that he and his aides lie as easily as they breathe, which they do, it’s that the entire federal bureaucracy was dragged into defending a narcissistic president’s delusion. And anyone who refused to support the lie was punished.” Closing out his segment, Meyers warned that while the Trump presidency is just about finally over, “the corruption, the authoritarianism and the moral rot Trump exposed within the GOP and our system will remain and we can’t just let it go. We’ve got to fix it. And we have to hold accountable the people responsible for it, from the top all the way down. Otherwise, this four-year-long nightmare we’ve all lived through could very well happen again.”


    • Stephen Colbert looks back at the Trump era, and opts to celebrate the "heroes" worth "celebrating": “That’s you, the American people," Colbert said. "For all of his dangerous assaults on democracy, in the end democracy kicked his a** all the way back to Florida. You should be proud of yourselves.”
    • Jimmy Kimmel wonders if becoming president was worth it for Trump: "Six years ago, we were all perfectly fine to let him keep bumbling around New York, pretending to be a billionaire," Kimmel said, according to The New York Times. "He could have been hosting golf tournaments, making TGI Fridays commercials, playing this role he created of the wealthy tycoon. He could have bought a couple of new helicopters, a couple new wives, and we would have all just rolled our eyes and been like, ‘Oh, that’s Donald Trump.’ Probably would’ve landed a sweet gig as the cranky TV judge on some hooded celebrity pie-eating competition. That’s where Donald Trump belonged. But now, most of the country despises him; most of the world despises him. We found out he pays no taxes; he has no money; he is likely to face criminal charges in New York. Nobody will do business with him. Can’t host a golf tournament; can’t even operate a carousel in his hometown anymore. His wife hates him; his kids are screwed. He’s got to hole up in that Cheesecake Factory with a golf course in Florida he lives in for the rest of his life. He won’t be able to invite centerfolds up to his office anymore, and he’ll be generally thought of as the worst president in the history of the United States. So was it worth it? For him, it probably was, but it’s over now.”
    • Conan O'Brien presents the end credits for the Trump administration
    • James Corden bids farewell Trump with a Les Misérables parody

    TOPICS: Seth Meyers, ABC, CBS, TBS, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Conan O'Brien, James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel, Late Night