Seth Meyers Explains Why Donald Trump Posing As Own PR Rep Matters
“The only way John Miller could have been more obviously fake is if he was three 10-year-olds, standing on top of each other, in a trench coat," the 'Late Night' host said Monday night.
Seth Meyers can laugh at Donald Trump getting caught allegedly acting as his own publicist to talk himself up to a reporter years ago, but there is a bigger issue at hand that people need to be aware of, the Late Night host stressed Monday.
For almost 10 minutes, Meyers talked about the news that came out Friday when the Washington Post reported that in 1991, the now- presumptive GOP presidential candidate pretended to be his own PR guy, named John Miller, in order to brag about himself to a reporter from People magazine.
“It was so clearly Trump,” Meyers said. “The only way John Miller could have been more obviously fake is if he was three 10-year-olds, standing on top of each other, in a trench coat. In which case, the fake John Miller would have had the same size hands as the real Donald Trump.”
The billionaire businessman contends he is not John Miller. The reporter he talked to claims Trump actually apologized for his charade not long after their 1991 interview.
Although funny, Meyers told his audience this was another red flag to take seriously for multiple reasons.
“One, it often seems as though Trump can lie freely without consequence on the campaign trail. The fact-checking site Politifact has ruled a stunning 76 percent of Trump’s statements as ‘false, mostly false or pants on fire.' Yet, somehow he eludes accountability," Meyers said. "It’s a clear-cut case where you can hear the audio for yourself and know that Trump is lying. Second, John Miller is a fake persona manufactured by Trump to aggrandize himself in the eyes of the public, which is exactly what he’s doing now as a presidential candidate.”
To hammer his point home, Meyers played multiple news clips reporting on Trump changing his position on issues during his campaign.