Seth Meyers Shreds Late Night Script in Wake of Trump's 'Bats—t' Presser

President Trump’s incendiary, rambunctious, supremely awkward press conference on Thursday forced Seth Meyers to literally flip the script.

On Thursday’s Late Night, Meyers revealed that Trump’s presser was so bizarre that he had to jettison a planned Closer Look segment that focused on Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare. And to prove his point, he trotted out a paper shredder and destroyed the script on air.

“We had a draft that we felt good about… and then Donald Trump held what can only be described as a bat—t crazy press conference that rendered this script completely meaningless,” he said, before directly addressing the shredded pages: “Bye, dead jokes.”

In the revamped Closer Look segment, Meyers recounted Trump’s chaotic week before launching into a stinging and often times uproarious blow-by-blow takedown of the aforementioned presser.

Watch the clip above and then hit the comments with an answer to this question: Was this Meyers’ strongest Trump-era Closer Look yet?

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62 Comments
  1. Alichat says:

    I didn’t watch this press conference because I knew it would be ridiculous, but my co-worker did and started to tell me some of the insane things he was saying. The amount of lunacy that man was spouting was flabbergasting. I can’t imagine how dizzy I would have been if I’d watched it.

  2. Bruce Wayne says:

    Meyers is a disgrace. If he wants to do politics, go to Comedy Central.

  3. Pat says:

    Meyers isn’t only unfunny….but he’s ugly as hell!

  4. TV Gord says:

    The best part of the news conference was when he said he’d be in Florida on Saturday, “and I just heard that the crowds are massive.”, and then realizing what he just said about an event that’s two days away, he added, “…that want to be there.” Uh-huh.
    Not only is he the chief purveyor of REAL news, he’s also the purveyor or REAL news FORECASTS!

    • TVFan says:

      I just want to make sure I understand this correctly. He was sworn into office 4 weeks ago today. That first weekend, he was busy with inauguration parties. The 2nd weekend, he went on vacation to Florida. Last weekend, he took the PM of Japan to Florida for a meet & greet with paying members of his own golf resort (and viewed confidential documents at the table in front of the guests). Now, this weekend, he is going back to Florida for a campaign rally (yes, he already filed paperwork to run for re-election in 2020 so he can actively campaign for the next 3.75 years). During this time, his wife & son have continued to live in NYC. How much are we, the taxpayers, paying for maintaining and securing of 3 different residences in just 1 month?

  5. Lisa says:

    Serious question, how did people actually vote for this guy? Forget the fact that he is a complete jerk, he is just not that bright, like a Sarah Palin level idiot.

    I would be embarrassed.

    • TV Gord says:

      Honestly, he did speak to a lot of Americans who heard his promises of jobs, I don’t blame a lot of his supporters, because the Clinton campaign didn’t listen to people in the heartland the way Trump’s campaign seemed to do.

      • Katherine215 says:

        It wasn’t his talk of jobs that appealed to people, it was the coded racism he used – “make America great again” means put these non-whites back where they belong and make WHITE people great again. And Clinton didn’t tell his supporters what they want to hear, that their manufacturing and coal jobs were coming back when they really aren’t.

        • Yep, you’re right. Everyone that voted for Trump that is white is racist! I thought liberals were supposed to be against stereotyping people? Guess not.

        • Angela says:

          Exactly. He paid lip service to people on the economic talk and they were naive enough to believe that a man who has literal gold-plated items in his multiple homes and his name on everything and who got a “million dollar loan” from his dad somehow actually gave a crap about their economic woes and understood what they went through.
          .
          Every Trump supporter I knew or talked to, though, ultimately liked him because he “told it like it is” and “wasn’t PC”. They either weren’t bothered by or openly agreed with the way he talked about women or immigrants, they weren’t bothered by the fact that he spent years claiming Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. (and some of them believed that BS, too). If any of that had truly bothered them, they wouldn’t have voted for him.
          .
          And this is coming from somebody who born and raised in the heartland and still resides here, by the way.

    • rarefied says:

      With the people I know who voted for him, including people that are really smart otherwise, there was a huge amount of cognitive dissonance. They would claim over and over again that he really didn’t mean what he was saying, but rather it was a metaphor for x, y, z. There’s a clip of an interview with Peter Thiel that illustrates this perfectly.

    • Honest says:

      Hate for Killary. They would have voted for a baboon if that was the other option.

      • peterwdawson says:

        If the baboon actually visited the right states and seemed to actually care about middle America/rural America, absolutely. It really was a combination of several factors, including association with the previous administration when people wanted change (yes, change from the hope and change guy), the general populist movement that the party at large seemed to ignore, lack of visitation, lack of vocalization for key issues, failure to properly aim the outrage, the leaks, the FBI investigation… No one factor, but it adds up. Not sure who couldn’t have beat her, honestly.

        • Katherine215 says:

          Funny, Obama’s approval rating was at an all time high during the election so not everyone wanted “change” as you’re describing it. It comes down to racism and sexism. Sorry if that’s uncomfortable for you.

          • Katherine215 says:

            Highest in years, not all time high. My bad.

          • Justice says:

            I votes for obama twice and voted for trump. Sorry if thats uncomfortable for YOU.

          • peterwdawson says:

            57%. Hillary lost the election despite getting over 50% of total participating voters. Factor in margin of error, you’re sitting about roughly half of the country wanting change (no need for air quotes, people DEFINITELY got change, though the odds of them getting those glory days of American manufacturing they want back in terms of chance are basically nil, allowing for the unforseen). Then you add a dash of voter suppression, the fact that election day being on a Tuesday and not a national holiday making it extremely hard for more people to vote, a bunch of potential swing voters who were supporting Trump at the time feeling alienated by the deplorables comment, and somehow the guy who sits on a golden freaking throne at home coming off less elitist than his opponent who was, yes, female, you can’t write it off entirely as sexism and racism. There was some of course, sure, but between what I mentioned here and above it really isn’t that simple.

            Kinda glad it isn’t, either, be a far more depressing world if it was just non-sexists and non-racists versus pro-sexists and pro-racists. Especially given the election results not just here but abroad.

    • Mary says:

      Truth many talk just like him, incoherent sentences and rambles on. Grant you many of them do it when they are drunk but Trump does it daily. Proof that many of his supporters don’t believe in a good education. He is an embarrassment to this Country.

    • Billy Bob Johnson says:

      Low information mouth breathers?

    • justice says:

      As a trump voter I’ll tell you exactly why. We are tired of the PC culture overtaking over country to the point we can’t even mention the name Santa Claus without getting attacked.We are sick of the sanctuary cities and illegal alien rights organizations putting the rights of illegals over the rights of American citizens. We are weary of the hatred of cops and law and order and the degreadation of America’s youth and the education system. Heck, kids don’t even know what they are protesting for these days, but instead do it to be “cool.” We’re disgusted with the litigious society we now live in where people work harder to sue someone than they do to make an honest living, where no one accepts responsibility for their actions any more. We’re tired of Obama’s every where else first, America second policy and his refusal to appropriately address Islamic terrorism. We’re fed up with the outsourcing of jobs that has now turned into “insourcing” and the cultural changes to our country that comes with that – we’re basically turning into a third world country in many communities and worse, some of the refugees and others coming here, are working to to change our country to suit their values rather than vice versa. We’ve also had it with the hypocracy of high profile socialists like Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama who want everyone else to share their wealth, but maintain, like Bernie, a fortune and several homes. Look, I voted for Obama – twice! – and it was a mistake. The liberal party is currently in shambles – a total failure unwilling to face reality, beholden to their special interests and looking for the next “cause” instead of helping the American people in any meaningful way. After years and years of unkept promises and political BS, Trump is a breath of fresh air. And when left wing loons protest him the day he gets into office before he has even had a chance to do anything, no one takes it seriously.

      • Mary says:

        Wow you do comprehend that Trump has more law suites than most individuals. Not to mention he never takes responsibility for his actions or words. Maybe if people like you wouldn’t preach your beliefs and treated everyone with respect you wouldn’t have such hatred for them. Seriously you complain about coffee mugs and Santa Claus. Just to inform you they are not illegal but undocumented. I guess you are fine with the top 1% screwing the middle lower class because that is exactly what is happening. Trickle down didn’t work with Reagan, Bush, and Bush and guess what it won’t work with Trump either.

        • Justice says:

          Trump has more suits against him which is exactly my point. Dont like someone, sue then!

          Where do you get that i hate people. Ill have you know my father is an immigrant who came here legally. And since when wanting law and order and free thinking equal hatred. Since try.

          Btw just to inform you the “they” you refer to are illegal. Look it up. They are illegal and undocumented. So again nice try.

          First of all the regan economy was strong and much improved over carter. So it does work. Second obama did nothing for the Economy. The stock market has literally skyrocketed under trump and its only been a month. The trouble with people like you is you want america to fail so trump can fail. Why do you hate america that much? Face it obama had his chance and he failed.

    • DJ Doena says:

      “Serious question, how did people actually vote for this guy?”

      They went into a voting booth and closed the curtain. And then when there was no one there who could shout them down for being a racist and sexist backwater hillbilly who does not have the enlightenment of a coastal city regressive leftie, they made an X next to the republican candidate’s name.

  6. Tee Hee says:

    Trump’s support keeps growing while the mainstream media becomes increasingly unhinged and irrelevant. These are glorious times!

    • Cas says:

      Lol Hitler didn’t like media either. That ended well.

    • Billy Bob Johnson says:

      You must only look at the Rasmussen poll numbers. You know, the far-right (alt-right?) polling company that always manages to make the GOP look great.
      Meanwhile, the REAL pollsters out there have him at a 40% approval rating and a 55% disapproval rating this week. Clinton, Bush, Jr., and Obama had approval ratings in the high 50s in their first couple of months. He’s a L-O-S-E-R!

      • Tom says:

        If you look at the polling of the election, Rasmussen was the closest on the popular vote the day before the election. But I guess a fact is too much for you to handle

    • Mary says:

      Wow delusional. Your statement is alternate fact but not surprising. Proof that no matter what some of his sheep will follow off the cliff. The only unhinged one is the con man in office.

      • Tom says:

        Trump is trusted far more than the media, read a poll. The only unhinged ones are leftists like you autisticlly shrieking at everything he does

        • Chris says:

          You mean him blatantly lieing on tv multiple times since. Ring in office? He’s a idiot and can’t be trusted. I remember a president Clinton who was impeached for lieing about one thing why is this sociopath still in office ?

          • DL says:

            To be fair, Clinton lied under oath. That’s perjury, and it’s why he was impeached, not the lie or scandal itself. But yeah, this White House has already violated multiple laws but it’s up to Republicans to do something and they either don’t care or don’t have the guts.

        • Mary says:

          Said one of his sheep who refuses to acknowledge his incompetence. I don’t need a poll or media I have ears. Yes the left are speaking up because obviously the die hard supporters and GOP have no backbone. Keep your head in the sand but ignorance to the truth is not a defense.

        • Mary says:

          Here is a poll you probably will believe. FOX NEWS : Approval = 39% Disapproval = 56%. Know tell me again who is unhinged and can’t face FACTS.

        • Angela says:

          Dick Cheney and the Koch brothers have criticized Trump recently. Last I checked, they’re not leftists.
          .
          But you go on thinking the valid criticism against him is all just some liberal whinefest.

    • Angela says:

      If you think going from a 45% approval rating down to a 39% approval rating in the span of nearly a month is “glorious times”, .then you’re clearly living in a different world than I am.

  7. Charles says:

    You people are crazy if you think that was disastrous. The only ones thinking that is the press that he destroyed. They just do not get the fact that the more they complain about his treatment of themselves, middle America just continues to look at the press with disdain. They ridiculed him as a candidate, during the transition, and since he has been president. The nonstop bashing is so over the top, and what the press does not realize is if they never take a step back and let him do SOME work, when something really happens ( like Gen. Flynn) it will be ignored by the masses.

    • Cheyenne says:

      What work? The only “work” he’s done so far is throw Twitter tantrums.

      • Charles says:

        well he has repealed all of the unconstitutional EO from Pres. Obama. Including giving jobs back to West Virginia. He has met with numerous companies and each one comes out of the meeting lauding his pro growth economic plans. I assume you have actually followed all of the actions he has completed in 3 short weeks. His Twitter tantrums as you call it, had Boeing change it plans on a plane that will save hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. And I am not sure if you have noticed, the left’s reaction to Trump and the election is completely unhinged. I did not support Trump before the election, but the over the top vitriol towards him from the coasts is ridiculous

        • Mary says:

          What jobs exactly has Trump given back in West Virginia? What unconstitutional EO from Obama are you referring too? He might have saved on a plane but he has spent double that on his weekend trips to Florida, not to mention the cost for his wife and also his children to run Trump’s business. Sorry I don’t think the pay off is a plus. We are still loosing.

    • Mary says:

      Seriously, I have never thought the TRUTH to be over the top. Maybe it is time for the middle America to grow up and face reality. What do you mean by something really happens, like we are under attack or our children are sent to war. The time to speak up is before we get to edge of the cliff.

      • Brenda Leveque says:

        Leave it to the Trump supporters, sic, to keep standing up for the embarrasment of a President. Is the man on crack? Nothing he says makes sense. The lies, OMG, I don’t know what universe this man resides in, I know I don’t want to live there. The country is going downhill faster than a snowball heading to hell. I just cannot believe day in and day out what is happening and his yes men GOP senators along with Jesus Face Pence tagging along like little puppy dogs waiting on what, heaven only knows. If there is a God, please deliver us from this insanity. I will take, Seth Myers, Bill Maher, John Oliver, etc over any crapy that Trump dishes out and calls it “reality”. When Fox News complains, you know something is wrong.

    • Angela says:

      Funny, I”m middle American and I’m cheering on the press. Trump deserves every bit of ridicule and calling out he gets. He’s pathetic and he doesn’t have the first clue what he’s doing.
      .
      Honestly, he mental gymnastics Trump supporters are pulling trying to defend and explain away that bizarre press conference here are stunning. It’d be funny if it weren’t so sad and dangerous. How hard is it to admit you made a big mistake voting for this guy?

  8. kath says:

    If only the Trump presidency was just entertainment rather than reality.