Seth Meyers: Donald Trump's 'Fresh Start' Has Come and Gone

Seth Meyers isn’t willing to give Donald Trump a second chance.

The Late Night host on Monday took the national news media to task for willing to overlook the “racist, bigoted, unhinged rhetoric” exhibited throughout the president-elect’s campaign.

“Many in the media are doing everything they can to delude themselves and the nation into thinking that this is a normal situation — that Trump’s behavior and campaign promises don’t pose a unique threat to American principles and norms,” he said. Flummoxed by the decision to “talk about giving him a fresh start like he was on a diet and ate a cupcake,” Meyers admonished the free press for “trying to pretend that Trump’s incoming presidency isn’t a threat to our institutions.”

Later, Meyers argued that, even if Trump did deserve a fresh start, he’d already blown it by hiring Breitbart News‘ Steve Bannon, “a white nationalist and an anti-semite,” as his chief strategist.

Press PLAY on the clip above to watch Meyers’ latest “Closer Look” (his fourth estate observations begin at the 4:25 mark), then tell us if you agree or disagree with his argument.

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  1. Chris says:

    Given his recent ratings, not many people are willing to give Seth Meyers a second chance, either.

    • keniri says:

      AWESOME. Just what I was going to say. LOLS

    • Eion says:

      You guys….Seth Meyers even says he hates Trump….so can we undo the whole election again until we get the result that Seth and the folks at TVLine want? It’s probably super easy to just do it all over again. We get it! The writers here hate Trump too, but can we try to APPEAR a little less deliberate?

      • Anne says:

        Why? Everyone likes Trump because he says it ‘like it is’ and speaks his mind. People on the left hate Trump, they’re just speaking their minds truthfully too. Can’t have it both ways; can’t celebrate one side speaking their thoughts and then chastise the opposition for doing the same.

        • Eion says:

          Anne, I’m not celebrating/chastising either…..I’m saying that its obvious where this guy stands….but…..most of us come here for the scoop on our favorite shows, not to hear who Seth Meyers (who’s show isnt really up there in ratings and rarely ever gets promo time on tvline unless its trump related) wax poetic about his displeasure of the presidential race.
          Also, if you think EVERYONE likes trump for “telling it like it is”, then we need to sit you down and show you some actual facts that would prove you wrong.

  2. Helen says:

    I have stopped watching so many shows, sports, etc. because I’m so tired of entertainment no longer being entertaining. Also, when you constantly belittle the people you disagree with, they will stop tuning into you.

    • Patrick says:

      Maybe they deserve to be belittled. Maybe they are that dumb.

      • Ben says:

        No, no, no. There is no humanity in believing anyone deserves to be belittled.

      • Jay says:

        A lot of politicians on the left and people in the media and entertainment industry saw it that way. They felt a huge chunk of America were stupid people they could smugly belittle and insult without consequences. Then they woke up Wednesday morning to find President Elect Trump smiling at them. And I’m glad they haven’t learned anything and hope they keep it up for years to come. All they are accomplishing is turning off many people to their way of thinking.

  3. Georgia Madman says:

    Who cares what Seth Myers thinks? I certainly don’t. I don’t take political advice from comedians.

  4. Tom says:

    These media hacks have been crying racism and sexism over the stupidist things for so long I dont believe them anymore. Brietbart looks to me as nothing more then a right wing Huffington post. They push the boundary, use poor reporting policies, but Stormfront they are not.

    I will support our President until he actually does something materially bad. I dont care how much the media cries racist! Especially as the leftwing media would see a white man fired and replaced with a minority for no other reason then he is white. They call that diversity, I call it racism.

  5. Jj says:

    It’s been amusing the past week to hear Trump supporters claiming they’re not bigots and neo-Nazis and then their president puts a literal white supremacist in the White House. Pretty hard for his supporters to argue that now.

  6. Collette says:

    Seth Meyers is a talentless pill. Who watches him??? I’m not a big fan of Trump but seriously why does SM’s opinion matter?

    • A fan of TV says:

      Because this is a TV site and Seth Myers is on TV. They’re playing a clip from his show which is what they do. You’re just being baited by the headline.

  7. Boiler says:

    So far 6 of the 8 comments are from people who likely didn’t even watch the show so why bother commenting

    • Haz says:

      People probably quit watching bc Seth has been a whiny little bitch for months. I actually throughly enjoyed him on SNL and enjoyed his commentary on Weekend Update and was happy when he got the show…not anymore. It’s too much.

      • A fan of TV says:

        It’s funny hearing someone whine like a bitch about people they think are whiny little bitches, don’t you think? Or is the irony lost on you?

      • jj. says:

        evidently you still cared enough about him to click on this headline, read the article, and post a comment

    • Dysturbed says:

      It isn’t a requirement to watch the show to form some degree of an opinion based on given information. That applies with anything. Someone doesn’t’ have to like a person or show to have interest in an article about it based on headlines, which of course exist to get people’s attention and make them interested in reading further content that they otherwise might not have cared about. The people you speak of likely read the headline, then read the content, then commented as they saw fit. It’s as simple as that.

  8. HAP says:

    Am I the only one who thinks that Bannon looks like a guy who sleeps behind a dumpster?

  9. Hege says:

    I don’t know what americans thinks of Trump. They acually elected this man to be their president. I’m from Norway and here we regard Trump as a clown. A clown who preys on fear and racism. We just can’t belive you elected that man over the other candidates.

    • LT says:

      Feel free to take the lead in the world. America knows our credibility is ruined. We’re just going to sit over here and eat each other alive. We’re not smart enough to do anything else.

    • KatsMom says:

      There are plenty of people here who agree with your assessment of him here. He had razor thin margins of victory in key states, less than half a percent in most. Too many of his detractors got complacent looking at the polls and didn’t listen to their wiser friends (like me :) ) who told them that the polling was within the margin of error. They were arrogant, thinking there was no way a buffoon could win it. Many wanted to try and get federal funding for their preferred third party by voting for them instead. I guarantee some of them are regretting it now. Others were intent on taking a huge risk thinking that Trump trying to move the country to the extreme right will ultimately result in people wanting to move to the left. Point is, don’t be thinking that the clown has the support of the entire country here. He very much does not.

  10. keniri says:

    The thing about Obama? For a president who prides himself on being an expert on constitutional law, he found more loopholes on getting around it then he did in defending it.

    • Fluffy says:

      Hmm, Keneri stating something twice in a post doesn’t give it more weight.

      I enjoy Seth Meyer’s pieces about politics. This clip was funny and interesting. The campaign and candidate have pervaded all forms of entertainment. Does anyone remember Trump hosting Saturday Night Live?

      As a longtime reader of TVLINE it’s extremely odd to have comments who haven’t watched the clip or seen a show. It’s really a waste of your prolific commentary.