Seth Slams Trump's 'Landslide Victory' Claim, Puts It In TV Ratings Terms

Despite his recent claim that he’s “like, a smart person,” Seth Meyers has his doubts about Donald Trump. For starters, the president-elect recently asserted that he won the electoral college in a landslide, a claim that numbers simply don’t support.

The Late Night host delved into the statistics on Monday, which prove that Trump’s margin of victory ranks only 46th widest out of 58 presidential elections. To put that into perspective, Meyers turned to a metric TVLine readers can easily comprehend.

“In Sunday cable TV ratings terms, Trump’s not The Walking Dead; he’s the Barefoot Contessa,” he said. (Even in the most generous terms, Politifact notes that Trump’s margin of victory — 306 to Hillary Clinton’s 232 — ranks 13th out of 18 elections since World War II. Clinton also leads Trump in the popular vote by 2.1 percentage points.)

Meyers’ latest “Closer Look” also begged of Trump to rethink how he conducts himself on Twitter, citing a recent statement where he told the public to “Stay tuned!” regarding his pick for Secretary of State.

“Stop telling us to ‘stay tuned,'” Meyers said angrily. “You’re president-elect for the next four years. Like it or not, we’re all f—king tuned.”

Watch Seth’s “Closer Look” above.

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83 Comments
  1. Collette says:

    While not a landslide, he still beat overwhelming odds. David and Goliath spring to mind.

    • Patrick says:

      No, it doesn’t. DT was the nominee of one of the major parties. He’s a rich white male, and he was the nominee of the big money party in the USA. His opponent was the first female nominee from a major party. If this was David vs Goliath, Goliath won.

      • Collette says:

        And both parties were working full time against him. He’s truly the people’s choice. Screw the establishment.

        • How’s he the “people’s choice” when he lost the popular vote???

        • Steveo says:

          If he was the people’s choice, he wouldn’t have been crushed in the popular vote …

          • Haz says:

            This “popular vote” argument is getting old. At the end of the day both HRC and Trump campaigned for the electoral vote, not the popular vote. Even if you yell “popular vote” from the roof tops it doesn’t change anything, HRC lost. How about looking into why HRC lost these swing states that many thought she would win to avoid losing them in four years.

          • Temperance says:

            Trump voters represent less than 13% of the American population, less then 27% of registered voters. He’s a fringe candidate at best. Don’t be ridiculous and suggest he’s popular… he one of the most hated people on the planet.

          • kath says:

            America needs electoral reform even more badly than Canada does.
            Now that the Electoral College no longer need to travel four months to get to Washington to vote, maybe the US can join the 21st century.

        • Patrick says:

          And the GOP didn’t work against him. Weeks before the actual election most GOP big wigs had endorsed him.
          .
          You can’t change facts to support your beliefs. Believe what ever you want to believe, but facts are facts.

        • Megan says:

          Oh come on, he is the establishment! His slogan was “drain the swamp” and now his cabinet is CEOs, Goldman Sachs, and Washington insiders. He pulled a con on his supporters and he represents everything that is hurting the average American. How can people be so blind??

        • Mary says:

          No not the people’s choice considering she has more than 2.5 million more votes. Sad really when a couple of States get to decide. Funny you mention establishment, draining the swamp – NO just adding a few new creatures to it. One might not like the establishment but at least they aren’t clueless.

        • Esteban says:

          Screw what establishment? “Math”?

        • DL says:

          Yes, but the Russians and fake news crackpots were working full-time for him. Trump has perhaps hundreds of legitimate scandals to his name, but this election was won mostly on HRC conspiracy theories and the FBI’s legitimately terrifying pro-Trump bias. I’ve read tons of the Wikileaks emails firsthand, and if you think there’s any evidence of Clinton wrongdoing there, or anywhere, then congratulations: You’ve been had.

        • mary says:

          He had the overwhelming support of the Republican party, my lord they threatened their members with funds if they didn’t support him publicly. He is not some poor picked on guy that beat the odds, he was given unprecedented news coverage, over the top attempts by the media to draw false equivalencies and he’s a rich white male that the majority of the country doesn’t want to be President.

        • A Fan of TV says:

          If both parties were working full time against Trump, the party chairman (Reince Priebus) would not be his Chief of Staff right now. Why do you love the narratives he’s been selling, but haven’t bothered to check if they’re even valid?

      • Tom says:

        Hillary had twice the money, 90% + of the media, Republican establishment figures helping her, like McCain… she was Goliath, the 1.2 Billion in Wall Street money goliath!

        • Mary says:

          Oh the wall street BS again, have you looked at Trump’s cabinet. Gee I don’t see your anger over him picking Wall Street to serve in his cabinet. Draining the swamp my a.. but many of you can’t see past your blinders.

          • Temperance says:

            Yup. Trump is a silver spoon denizen of Wall Street. You can’t be more Wall Street than Trump. I have no idea where the Deplorables get these lies. Oh, yeah, FOX…

        • Temperance says:

          Um, not in this universe. Trump had many billions of dollars in support from the conservative media, in addition to requiring a MASSIVE international criminal effort to lose by 2.5 million votes.

      • Otis says:

        Hillary Clinton spent MUCH more money than did Donald Trump and she received a LOT of money from Wall Street (again, much more than he did).

    • rob horine says:

      We in the “fly over states” finally told you that we have a voice too.

      See, America isn’t a democracy. It’s a republic. And republics have constitutions that protects all of it’s citizen’s rights. And we have a eletorial college. That voters of all 50 states send electors to DC to vote on our behalf.

      If we didn’t, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, Georgia, Florida, and the pacific seaboard would select (not elect) our president. The college gives every American a say. Isn’t that fair?

      • Mary says:

        No because it doesn’t give every American a say period. You are right it is not a democracy but that doesn’t make it fair.

        • peterwdawson says:

          Plus gerrmandering and the primary system kneecap what guys even make it to the final vote, and then the winner take al approach to the electoral college for each state means if you’re voting for the wrong party in a non-swing state you might as well stay home. in a fair election all votes would matter equally, the college, by design, blugeons that idea, since it’s a republic, not a democracy. After all, originally only land owners were meant to vote.

      • Liz says:

        Truthfully? In my opinion, no. That the electoral college isn’t proportional to its constituents, and that it gives all electors to one state, make it reasonably unique in the democratic world, and, imo, pretty unfair.
        .
        I’ll use another common one, First Past the Post, as an example: here, electoral districts are based on populations (so larger cities would have multiple electoral districts, and rural districts would cover a large land mass to ensure that they cover the population distribution fairly). And then the leaders are determined based on who gets the most electoral districts (or, well, representatives of the electoral districts in their government), and not on who gets the most “states.” This is by no means a flawless system, but it does weigh regions based on their populations, while still giving a voice to every region, which means that every citizen DOES get a say.
        .
        All of this is to say, there is a middle region between popular vote and the electoral college, which for some reason seems to be discarded in these discussions. But, between the two, yes, the electoral college is the least fair. A minority of the population shouldn’t be making a decision for the majority, regardless of where they live. Were the situation reversed, and the fly-over states were overall more populous than New York and California, it wouldn’t even be a discussion – of course that’s fair, there are more states there. But just because the majority of the population converges into the two coasts doesn’t mean that the two coasts should get their votes weighted differently in order to weigh other states more – there are still more people there, and they should still get a (proportionate) say. No other minority population of the country gets a bigger say in the election, so why should rural voters?

      • Temperance says:

        Trump voters only represent 13% of Americans, less than 27% of registered voters, He’s *wildly* hated here in the midwest, so don’t go blathering nonsense about Trump being popular here. He isn’t. They just managed enough lying to supress the Dem vote while rallying the KKK and neo-Na-zi Deplorables.

      • A Fan of TV says:

        You don’t just have a voice, you have the power of SIX voices more than some blue states, per capita, with the electoral college needing another update to account for the fact coastal populations are rapidly outpacing the middle.

    • jericho says:

      He defeated overwhelming odds by disseminating falsehoods himself and allowing false stories from fake news sites to cater to a section of society that (lets be plain here) were either too stupid to question their validity, or just plain wanted to believe because they themselves are disenfranchised to such a large degree that they were desperate for any candidate to talk to their needs and values.

      While I don’t like Trump as a human being, I can recognize politically he hit the nail on the head with the issues that make a lot of white men stand up and listen. Did he win a mandate? No he did not. He lost the popular vote by a larger margin than Gore.

      • Temperance says:

        Well, Russian vote tampering, cyber terrorists, 26 years of fruitless witch hunts, tens of billions of dollars in FOX propaganda lies, voter suppression, voter fraud, the fall of the credibility of the FBI – all that and still to lose by 2.5 million + votes, and capture less than 27% of registered voters.

    • A Fan of TV says:

      Fancy narrative, but he self-funded a campaign in which he brought along a world full of billionaires with extremely potent connections. He just made a big show about how none of that was real so he could sell the false narrative of overwhelming odds. He beat on the press so they might beat back, if they did he could claim they were against him and the odds were stacked, and people didn’t like his opponent enough so on that he was lucky. There is no David and Goliath allegory here, because Trump is an enormously powerful man, and owing to his father’s money, he always has been. Your ‘overwhelming odds’ are another’s ‘boldfaced con.’

  2. rob horine says:

    Talking about ‘fake news’.

    • Mary says:

      You must have an exhausting live burying your head in the sand whenever facts about Trump are staring you in the face. Look at a few of his cabinet picks, and you have the audacity to question what is fake news. Wow sheep to slaughter.

    • Esteban says:

      What’s fake? DT made a false claim, Seth Myers corrected him. That is what news actually is, champ.

      • Tom says:

        There is no set definition for what a landslide victory is, its subjective, which means he didnt lie, and Seth Meyers is being a whiney loser yet again.

        • G.Quagmire says:

          I don’t know what the definition of landslide is either, but I’m pretty sure it’s not 13th out of 18th in electoral college margins and 2+ million behind in the popular vote.

        • KCC says:

          You are correct Trump did not lie. But by his definition of a landslide, 45 of 58 elections were decided by a landslide. Both Obama wins and both Clinton wins were by even more of a landslide than his. Even Harry Truman had a greater landslide than his. Trump is the definition of “the smart guy in the room”. From the Urban Dictionary:
          “The Smartest Guy in the Room (SGitR) has an above-average IQ and knows it; he or she grew up being the smart kid. A SGitR is smart enough to know that he’s smarter than most people, but not quite smart enough to recognize when he encounters other people who are smarter. He defaults to the belief that because he is smarter than the majority of the population, he must be smarter than the people he’s talking to. When a SGitR is in a room full of smart people, he’ll continue talking down to and/or correcting them, happily oblivious to the fact that he’s now in an environment in which he is not, in fact, the smartest guy in the room.” When Trump addresses the country there are going to be a lot of very smart people listening to him that would otherwise ignore him if he wasn’t the President Elect.

        • Mary says:

          Seriously, did you watch the tape. Do you work for him, because you’re just like his mouth piece KellyAnne who tries to spin Trump’s own words when proven he is clueless. Look at the rakes compare to all other races and he isn’t even close to the top. Admire your effort foolish as it might be.

        • Temperance says:

          He certainly did lie – his lips were moving.

  3. Raul J says:

    Just another example of a melting snowflake.

    • Jake says:

      Just another example of the Basket of Deplorables.

    • Angela says:

      I like how the right complains about the left being “snowflakes” while ignoring the fact that the guy they support can’t go a day without picking a fight with someone on Twitter because they said something “mean” to him.

  4. Georgia Madman says:

    Hey TV Line, how about doing something fresh and skip the politics. TV Line was my safe space for TV news and now it reads like HufPo. If this continues, I’ll get my TV news elsewhere and you can be smug all by yourself.

    • Helen says:

      Agree! I go here for spoilers and fun tv gossip – not politics.

      • Susannah says:

        You’re not forced to look at the political posts or comment on them if they trouble you, just skip them like I do all things reality tv related.

        • Patrick says:

          Yep. I don’t watch Walking Dead (I’m sure it is a great show, but I don’t like the Zombie/post apocalyptic genre). Thus, I just skip over the articles that feature it.

        • Georgia Madman says:

          I voice my opinion because a story on politics is one less story about a TV show that I might like. I usually skip the stories about politics (and “reality” shows) but this time there were two political stories back to back which I thought was excessive and a troubling trend (to me).

          • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

            Over the past 7 days (168 hours), TVLINE has posted 114 news, preview, recap, late-night highlights or scoop column stories. Of those, 5 have had anything resembling a political theme (and I am counting Trump keeping his Celeb Apprentice EP title, as well as SNL “resurrecting” Walter White as Trump’s DEA boss).

            Trust me, Georgia Madman, when I say that highlighting the occasional late-night TV “moment” (as we have almost always done) is not depriving anyone of what TVLine does best, and better than anyone in all the land.

          • Drew says:

            Matt, have there ever been any posts here that highlighted the Obama jabs? Come to think of it, have the late night hosts ever made fun of Obama? You can’t say that the guy hasn’t provided any material for them over the past 8 years… has TV Line just not been interested in any of those jokes?

    • Dysturbed says:

      With all due respect, people who click on articles that they dislike on any given site, for the sole purpose of expressing displeasure for those articles (as justified as those complaints may be) should do something fresh and skip those specific articles. There’s nothing wrong with expressing an opinion, but doing it in a comment section (rather than writing straight to the site) means clicking, and every click in itself gives a site more reason to post similar articles.

      With that in mind, at this point there aren’t too many tv sites that are going to refrain from posting certain kinds of articles. Fortunately, anyone who dislikes them is still safe from not reading those articles if they choose to, even though it’s easy to see the headlines for them.

      I absolutely don’t mean any of that in a mean spirited way btw.

    • Angela says:

      Unfortunately, since a reality TV star is now our next president, politics and entertainment have no choice BUT to be combined.

    • Temperance says:

      Good. Leave. Feel free to bury your head in the sand. Trump will be sure to grab you know where for the next… well, hopefully never, but as long as he stains the White House should be actually be elevated,.

  5. Georgia Madman says:

    I think TV Line is playing to the rabble and going for clicks. Enlighten me if I’m wrong.

    • Mary says:

      I think since this show is on TV, it qualifies for guess what TV line. Gee instead of complaining skip the article. Wow you sound like Trump and want to sensor what is actually put out there.

      • Dysturbed says:

        Exactly. I see nothing wrong with people disliking that certain articles exist, but clicking on articles to complain, while being aware of the basic content that they involve, still involves a click, and each click helps play a small part in helping to justify further article that are similar. It’s counterproductive when people do that instead of just writing to those behind the site.

    • Jake says:

      If by rabble you mean Trump voters, yea, that part you’re right about.

    • KCC says:

      At the time I posted this comment, you’ve made 5 comments yourself. Apparently this political click bate works on you.

  6. SouthSide says:

    Seth Mayers u sore loser…go away. Or better yet Donald should make u his personal slave.

    • Elf says:

      Well, it’s clear that Trump really did win over the uneducated vote. Remember, he loves the uneducated…

      • Georgia Madman says:

        The “educated” candidate didn’t campaign in Wisconsin and Michigan and took Ohio and Pennsylvania for granted. How’d that work out?

        • Mary says:

          Well both Candidates didn’t campaign in several States so what is your point. As pay back they voted for him – foolish assumption. Ohio was a lost before November 8 and Penn could of gone either way so no she didn’t take them for granted. Seriously.

          • SouthSide says:

            Between both candidates, one of them being warmonger & the other one loud-mouth, the choice is pretty clear. Donald the loud-mouth!

        • G.Quagmire says:

          Ah, the good old “we may be stupid, but we won” argument. There’s the American spirit that I love.

      • SouthSide says:

        LoL i’m not american.

  7. Tom says:

    The correct TV analogy is that Trump scored a 3.06 in the right demo, to Hillary’s 2.32, while she more overall viewers, total viewers arent what matters.

  8. Morisot says:

    And NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio is offering counseling and support services to city employees who are feeling distressed or vulnerable because of the recent election results (as per CBS NY noon news 12-13-2016) — (Your tax dollars at work!)

    • Mary says:

      Does it bother you that our tax dollars are being spent and will continue being spent to protect him and his wife because she doesn’t want to move to the White House? Seriously I know she originally from another Country but is she clueless to think that wasn’t expected. (Your tax dollars at work!)

      • Morisot says:

        No Mary. I have always felt that it is our(this country’s) obligation to provide the President and his or her family with protection. Whether they are at the White House, Hawaii, New York. I expect, as a taxpayer, that some protection should be continued for the Presidents and their spouses and children — like the Clinton, Bush, and Obama families even after they leave the White House. How amazingly petty and mean of you to suggest that President-elect Trump’s family should NOT be given the same protection.

        • Mary says:

          Excuse me when has the President and their spouse not reside in the same place after taking office? Get real I never claimed they shouldn’t be protected but we should not have to pay for double protection because one choose not to live in the White House. Get real and comprehend what was written.

        • BM says:

          This is an extra expense we’re talking about. The WH is equipped to house the President, Trump Tower is not. I haven’t followed up on it but at one point, the Secret Service debated whether or not to rent a Trump Tower floor so they could protect Trump. That would cost them 3 million – 3 million of tax payer money that would flow right into Trump’s pocket.
          Not to mention that the tax payer already paid Trump 1.6 million dollars during the campaign as Trump charged the Secret Service for flying with him on board his private jet. It may be legal, that doesn’t mean it’s right. A president is supposed to serve the people and the country, not squeeze money out of them at every chance he gets.

          • Morisot says:

            Federal law allows the president to designate a residence outside of the White House as his temporary offices so that federal money can be used to provide required facilities. — and has done so for quite a few years.

            Protecting our President and former Presidents AND THEIR FAMILIES is our obligation!

            How much taxpayer money do you think should go towards counseling for public employees who are crying because their candidate didn’t win the election?! (I’d rather see it going to fix a road, or an airport, or housing for returning veterans…)

          • Mary says:

            @Morisot not as much as what the GOP spent for their witch hunt against Clinton. How many hearing and it was the same answers? You are missing the point, which isn’t a shock, the American taxpayers should not have to pay for security at two places once the clueless wonder is sworn in. The President and his family is expected to live in the White House, pure and simple. If his wife and kid wants to live in their tacky gold penthouse then Trump should pay for the extra security.

          • Morisot says:

            LOL! Last Word Mary?

  9. JScout says:

    ““What is the precise moment, in the life of a country, when tyranny takes hold? It rarely happens in an instant; it arrives like twilight, and, at first, the eyes adjust.”

    Evan Osnos, December 13, 2016

  10. SGfan says:

    When I see the words ‘Gilmore girl’ whilst browsing TVL…my brain knows to automatically move on to the next article…and I suspect many people do too, judging from the measly number of comments those articles get…
    My point is, no one is forced to click on articles. If you are a Trump supporter who is easily triggered, why click on such articles then. Just move along

    • Georgia Madman says:

      I actually voted for Johnson. I go to Fox or MSNBC if I want politics. I go to TV Line for information on my favorite shows. As I said in an earlier post, every article on politics is an article that could have been about TV gossip.

  11. Temperance says:

    It’s much, much easier to assume that everything he says is a lie – you’d be 99.9%+ accurate.

  12. JPS says:

    He’s not President-Elect for the next 4 years. He’s President-Elect until his inauguration.

    I’m not thrilled about the election, but Seth is kind of a whiny knob.

  13. Bruce says:

    Look at the map. A sea of red with only pockets of blue. This is why we have the Electoral College. I will put the wisdom of our Founding Fathers up against ANY of you who do not like our electoral process. We, as a whole, dislike BO every bit as much as you dislike DT but we did not set about to cause chaos in the country just because we lost. Grow up, I am sure you will get your chance to finish destoying the country in 4 to 8 years. Until then you are just going to have to deal with it.