Seth Meyers took purpose at President Donald Trump on Monday, criticizing him for a tweet posted over the weekend about 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.
Meyers opened exhibiting a clip of Warren saying that Trump was the “newest and most excessive symptom of what has gone unsuitable in America. Myers then joked about Warren’s phrases and confirmed clips of the president stumbling throughout speeches.
“Warren is not alone amongst Democrats in eager to deal with coverage and on the particular methods by which the system has failed working individuals,” Meyers said. “The whole Democratic occasion’s messaging within the midterms was centered on points like well being care and voter suppression and it produced the most important margin of victory in midterms historical past. So, naturally, Trump has responded to that message along with his solely transfer: racism.”
On Saturday, shortly after Warren formally introduced her candidacy for president, Trump ridiculed the Massachusettes senator with a tweet that stated, “Today Elizabeth Warren, generally referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President. Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she determined that after 32 years, this isn’t enjoying so nicely anymore? See you on the marketing campaign TRAIL, Liz!”
Many responded to say that Trump’s reference to the marketing campaign “TRAIL” meant the Trail of Tears, the genocide and compelled relocation of Native Americans from their homelands in North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama, to reservations in Oklahoma.
Some Republicans rushed to defend the president, together with Fox News analyst Brett Hume, who retweeted a criticism of the tweet from Rolling Stone author Jamil Smith, with the remark, “Yes, as a result of Trump is famous for his data of 19th century American historical past vis a vis the native inhabitants. Jeez.”
“They’re really defending Trump by saying he is too dumb to be racist,” Meyers said. “First of all, in case you ever end up asking is Trump dumb or is he racist, the reply is most definitely C ‘the entire above.'”
Meyers went on to say that the president has said that he’s a “huge fan” of former President Andrew Jackson, who noticed the passage of the 1830 Indian Removal Act that started the Trail of Tears.
Meyers performed audio of an April 2017 interview with SiriusXM host Salena Zito for the Washington Examiner the place the president said that “they” said his presidential campaign and subsequent election was “most like Andrew Jackson.” The “they” the president refers to within the clip is unclear.
“I imply, had Andrew Jackson been slightly bit later you would not have had the Civil War,” Trump continued, “He was actually offended that he noticed what was occurring in regard to the Civil War. He stated ‘there is not any purpose for this.’ People do not realize, you understand, the Civil War, um, you concentrate on it, why? People do not ask that query, however why was there the Civil War? Why may that one not have been labored out?”
The president later doubled down on his ideas in a tweet, saying, “President Andrew Jackson, who died 16 years earlier than the Civil War began, noticed it coming and was offended. Would by no means have let it occur!”
“What do you imply, why was there the Civil War?” Meyers asked once the audio clip concluded, “Everyone is aware of why. It’s not like the primary line of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was ‘I do not know why I’m doing this.'”
“Trump and his allies are clearly rattled by the truth that for the primary time they must face actual questions from the Democrats operating for president or investigating them in Congress,” Meyers continued. The discuss present host went on to quote Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker telling Rep. Jerrod Nadler that he was out of time to ask questions throughout Whitaker’s testimony throughout a congressional listening to final week.