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Seth Meyers needed to “supersize” his Closer Look segment Thursday night as he unpacked the recent coronavirus-related events involving President Donald Trump and the White House.
After Trump’s doctor stated in a letter revealed Thursday that Trump had “completed his course of therapy” and could continue campaigning this weekend despite still recovering from COVID-19, the president was quick to join Fox News for an interview.
For his first interview since his positive diagnosis, Trump spoke with Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo Thursday for what Meyers called Trump’s “televised therapy sessions.” The late-night host criticized the interview, in which Trump made sporadic comments about the election and his health, and equated it to “two crazy people yelling over the phone like divorced parents face-timing each other on Thanksgiving.”
Throughout the interview, Trump emphasized, “I’m not going to waste my time on a virtual debate,” expressed that he doesn’t think he’s contagious following his diagnosis and described himself as “essentially very clean.”
“Listening to one of these interviews with Trump is like taking a bunch of your racist uncle’s Facebook posts and putting them in a blender,” Meyers said. “He sounds like he’s writing a YA novel after burying his face in a mound of Adderall.”
Following his diagnosis, Trump has filmed multiple videos in which he speaks to the American people and has expressed that Americans shouldn’t fear the virus. In a recent video, Trump is shown speaking outside of the White House. “You know you’re contagious when they make you stand multiple football fields away from the White House,” Meyers said. “Did the White House get a restraining order against him?”
After Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19, Meyers acknowledged that the White House has become a “literal disaster zone” and hotspot for outbreaks, resulting in over 34 people having now tested positive for COVID-19. “Right now the White House is more deserted than a CVS at midnight,” the late-night host joked. He also described The White House as “one of those spooky abandoned houses at the end of the cul de sac your parents tell you to stay away from.”
Trump and his administration have been criticized for holding what is being dubbed a “super spreader” event at the Rose Garden, given many in attendance who did not wear masks or social distance have tested positive for COVID-19. “Engaging in this kind of behavior during a pandemic is like slathering yourself in honey and whacking a hornet’s nest with a baseball bat,” Meyers said.
Meyers later described Trump as a “one-man super spreader” despite being known to have tested regularly. “I get tested three days a week and I’m hardly an essential worker. The only reason I’m even on primetime right now is because they had to shut down production on Super Store for a few months. Come back Super Store.“
As speculation continues on the state of Trump’s health, Meyers emphasized that Trump’s mental health is also being questioned, “given the steroids he’s taking can have psychological side effects.” “I’m not mental health expert but I could tell the difference between bad and worse,” he said.
In another video message, Trump begins by describing himself as “your favorite president,” which to Meyers “almost sounds like he’s being ironic.” “He knows how much people don’t like him,” he added.
At the end of his show, the late-night host encouraged everyone to vote.
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