It may already be an incredibly weird time for America right now, but that isn’t stopping Donald Trump from trying to make it even weirder. And Seth Meyers opened up a new edition of “A Closer Look” on Wednesday’s episode of “Late Night” by making fun of one of the weirder things Trump has said lately.
“Trump was at a rally in Florida last night where he called for voter ID laws to stop undocumented immigrants from voting, which is a thing that does not happen. And in the process, Trump proved once again he is a man of the people who is in touch with the lives of average Americans,” Meyers said dryly, before “Late Night” pulled up a clip that had been shown throughout the day.
Here’s what Trump said, in case you missed it: “We believe that only American citizens should vote in American elections. Which is why the time has come for voter ID, like everything else. Voter ID. You know if you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card. You need ID.”
“No, you don’t. Unless you’re buying your groceries at a strip club,” Meyers quipped. “Trump has no idea how daily life works for the average American. ‘You need an ID to buy groceries and then sometimes the groceries don’t fit in your helicopter. And your butler has to ride home in the second helicopter. You guys get it. I don’t know why I’m telling you this.’
“And true to form, the president who thinks you need ID to buy groceries also thinks that voters are demanding more tax cuts for rich people. Because the Trump administration is putting together a plan to do just that. This time without going through Congress.”
Next, “Late Night” played a clip of MSNBC host Hallie Jackson saying: “Let’s talk tax cuts 2.0. Because the Trump administration is apparently looking at another round of cuts. But this time the administration may go around Congress. The New York Times says the this $100 billion tax cut would mainly benefit wealthy people who have big stock portfolios.”
“Oh my god, thank god someone is finally looking out for the wealthy people with big stock portfolios,” Meyers joked. “Seriously, they already got a $2 trillion tax cut just a few months ago. These people are relentless. They won’t be happy until this country is just ten trillionaires and 300 million people fighting over one Gogurt.
“What’s crazy is that Republicans actually delude themselves into thinking that this is what working people want. They think veterans and coal miners are out there begging members of Congress to cut taxes for rich people. Yesterday, a CEO was asked about the new tax cut plan on Fox News and said this.”
The CEO who Meyers was referred to is Craig Smith, chairman of Swiss America Trading Corporation, who made this comment on Fox News: “You’re gonna hear ‘tax cuts for the rich, tax cuts for the rich.’ I mean it’s gonna be their mantra going into 2018. But I think it’s going to wear very thin on the American people…look, the Democrats may want to play this class warfare. But it’s not working with the average American. I just talked to a group of construction workers in Pittsburgh on Sunday. And they said to me, look, we hope the rich get richer. We hope they build bigger buildings.”
Meyers was not amused by the tale.
“That definitely sounds like a made-up story,” he said after the clip finished.
You can watch all of the “A Closer Look” segment from Wednesday’s episode of “Late Night With Seth Meyers” in the video embedded at the top of this post.