Republicans Pretend They Haven’t Seen Trump’s Racist Tweets: A Closer Look
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Republicans Pretend They Haven’t Seen Trump’s Racist Tweets: A Closer Look

August 24, 2019


-The president and GOP leaders
are insisting that Trump’s latest
racist comments are not, in fact, racist,
despite the fact that they are definitely
super racist. [ Light laughter ] For more on this, it’s time for
“A Closer Look.” [ Cheers and applause ] Trump has spent the week reeling
off a series of unhinged tweets and tirades
defending his racist attack on four Democratic
congresswomen of color, in which he told them to go back
and help fix the “totally broken
and crime-infested places” from which they came. Of course,
they’re Americans. Three of them
were born here, and the fourth is a refugee
and naturalized citizen. So, if their country
is broken and crime-infested, that’s on you. Trump accidentally… [ Cheers and applause ] Trump accidentally
burned himself. It’s like if someone said,
“Man, your parents must have really
screwed you up,” and that someone
was your mom. [ Laughter ] So, given the fact that
they’re American citizens, reporters this afternoon
followed up on Trump’s comments, and he once again
defended them. -If people want to leave
our country, they can. If they don’t want to
love our country, if they don’t want to
fight for our country, they can. I’ll never change on that. They are not espousing
the views of our country, the four congresswomen. I think that
they’ve said horrible things that the press
doesn’t cover. I think you should try
covering it. When you look at some of
the things they said, they’re unthinkable. If somebody else, or —
me, or anybody else — said things like that,
it would be historic. So, you ought to look at some of
their horrible statements, ’cause there’s never been
statements like that. -Trump’s brain disease
won’t let him backtrack, no matter how far over the line
he goes. If he said,
“I’m gonna eat this apple,” and you said,
“Dude, that’s an onion,” he would stand there
and eat the whole thing with tears
streaming down his face. [ As Trump ]
“This is a really– this is a
really good apple. [ Laughter ] “Is this a
golden delicious?” [Cheers and applause ] [ Normal voice ]
Also, those congresswomen
do love our country, as evidenced by the fact
that they’ve chosen to spend their time and energy
serving in Congress despite having to deal with
your bull[bleep] every day. I mean, if I… [ Cheers and applause ] If I had to do their jobs
for one day, I’d be like, “[Bleep] it.
I’m moving to Maine.” [ Laughter ] “I’m gonna open up one of
those trendy furniture stores that sells tree stump
coffee tables.” I mean, all I do
is make fun of you, and I’m exhausted. This is what I looked like when the Trump
administration started. [ Laughter ] I mean, who needs — Who needs FaceApp when you have
Trump for a president? [ Laughter ] Also, you’re accusing them
of saying horrible things about our country? You spent the eight years
of the Obama administration and the 2016 campaign
constantly lying and trash-talking
the country. -The U.S. has become
a dumping ground for everybody
else’s problems. We’re like a dumping ground
for the world. We’re a dumping ground. The United States
is becoming a dumping ground. We used to be at the top. Now, we’re like
a third-world country. We’re like
a third-world country. We’re becoming
a third-world country because of our
infrastructure — our airports, our roads,
everything. The whole world is looking at
us, and laughing at us. The world is
laughing at us. They’re laughing at the
stupidity of our president. [ Laughter ] Well… Well, I’m glad that’s over. [ Cheers and applause ] So, Trump called America
a “dumping ground,” a “third-world country,”
and a “laughingstock.” I’d tell him to go back to
where he came from, but I’m pretty sure
he just appeared after a bunch of teens
played with a ouija board they found in the woods. Of course,
since it summoned Trump, the word “ouija”
was probably misspelled. [ Laughter ] So, Trump mounted
a racist attack on four Democratic
congresswomen of color, and then defended that attack
with lies about the congresswomen
he was attacking — which, of course,
gave Republicans a chance to courageously stand up
to the president by pulling
their favorite move — pretending they haven’t
heard about it, and desperately waiting for
the elevator doors to close. Here’s one senator trying out an especially
unconvincing response. -You saw the president’s tweets
this weekend. -Actually,
I was out of town. -Oh! Well, actually — Actually, twitter has
a new feature where you can even read
the tweets out of town. [Laughter] The way it works is
the [bleep] same. [ Light laughter ] Anyway, go on. -Well, he said that
these progressive congresswomen should go back
to their countries. I’m wondering what your reaction
is to that. -I’m working hard as I can
on reducing healthcare costs. I’m not giving
a daily commentary of the president’s tweets. -But these are, you know,
racist tweets. Do you have any concerns
about it? -The president said that
these minority congresswomen should go back to
their countries. Do you have a response? -I haven’t read that,
but I’ll go check it out. -Okay. -Man, what would Republicans
in Congress do if the Capitol
didn’t have elevators? [ Laughter ] They’d have to
carry around houseplants just so they could
hide behind them. “What do you think of
the president’s tweets?” “I’m sorry,
I haven’t seen them. Now, if you’ll
excuse me, I…” [ Laughter, cheers,
and applause ] “Is he gone?” [ Laughter ] Also, I’m sorry,
but can we please retire this “I haven’t seen
the tweet” excuse? No one believes you. In fact, this excuse
is getting so absurd that Trump’s acting director
of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,
Ken Cuccinelli, tried it on CNN
literally right after an anchor read the tweet on air. -The president sent this out
yesterday at 8:00 a.m. “So interesting to see
progressive Democratic congresswomen who originally
came from countries whose governments are a complete
and total catastrophe — the worst, most corrupt, and
inept anywhere in the world — if they even have a functioning
government at all — now loudly and viciously telling
the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful
nation on Earth, how our government
is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help
fix the totally broken and crime-infested places
from which they came?” What did you think
of that tweet? -Well, I didn’t see
that tweet, actually. I can hear what
you’re reading. -Yeah, you ca–
You just heard it. She just read it to you. Republicans are like
your friends who haven’t seen a TV show
trying to avoid spoilers while they’re watching
the show. “No, no, no.
Don’t give it away!” Seriously, the only way you can
support Trump without lying, at this point, is if you have
the part of your brain that’s responsible
for memory replaced with the brain
of a goldfish. “I hadn’t seen the tweet.” “I just showed you
the tweet.” “What tweet?”
“The president’s tweet.” “Sorry, one sec.
I got eat these food flakes.” [ Laughter and applause ] By the way,
just to give you an idea of how fully and completely Republicans have debased
themselves in service of Trump, that same guy,
Ken Cuccinelli, staged a floor fight at the 2016
Republican National Convention to change the convention rules,
and even made a big show of dramatically throwing
his credentials on the floor. And after that happened,
Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., slammed Cuccinelli,
and called him an “idiot.” -I have the same group of
four people running around. They wait for a camera
to show up, and then, they take
their credentials, and tried to dramatically
throw them on the floor. They look like idiots. -You’re talking about
Ken Cuccinelli. Are you calling him
an idiot? I’m saying these people
look like idiots when they’re doing that.
-Imagine — Imagine how pathetic
you have to be to take a job in
the Trump administration after Donald Trump Jr.
called you an idiot. Donald Trump Jr. This is a guy who doesn’t even
know how to stand like a normal
human being. I mean, look at him. He always looks like
he’s waiting for someone to pin a medal
on his chest. “My father said I was getting
an award for most oily.” [ Laughter ] What all this is exposing,
once again, is the rot of intellectual
bad faith within the GOP. For years,
they claimed that, when they criticized
President Obama, they were just
upholding the Constitution, and they complained they were being unfairly
maligned as racists. And to prove that
they would be consistent, they said they would also stand
up to a Republican president. For example, according to
a new book out this week, then-Republican Congressman
Mick Mulvaney, who is now Trump’s
acting chief of staff, said back in 2016,
“We’re not going to let Trump dismantle the
Bill of Rights. For five and a half years,
every time we got to the floor, and tried to push back against
an over-reaching president, we get accused of being partisan
at best, and racist at worst. When we do it against
a Republican president, maybe people will see
it was a principled objection in the first place.” Well, they didn’t,
because it wasn’t. Republicans are literally
hiding in elevators to avoid
criticizing Trump. If you get in an elevator
with a Republican Senator, be careful, because they might
hit every button. [ Laughter ] “Sorry, just need
a couple minutes. Hey, can you show me
how to open Twitter? No, no,
not the regular one. Travel Twitter. Oh. Oh, God, man,
it has been a day. It has been —
Oh, it has been…” [ Cheers and applause ] The last few days have exposed
once again that the eight years Republicans spent
criticizing Obama weren’t actually about
principled objections. The same guys who said
they’d stand up to Trump are now working for him,
or hiding in elevators to avoid criticizing
the racism and corruption and… -Stupidity of our president. -This has been
“A Closer Look.” [ Cheers and applause ]

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  1. G.O.P.=GREEDY OLD PARTY care nothing about our country or people~they care about $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ and POWER!! WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

  2. SAYS CAPTAIN BONE SPURS “IF YOU DONT WANT TO FIGHT FOR YOUR COUNTRY THEN YOU CAN LEAVE .” Yep we are the dumping ground for Trumps. Grandpa Trump was chucked out of Germany AND Canada ! NO ONE wants them except maybe Russia.

  3. Seth Meyers divides America by political party. Its ignorant, divisive, and inflammatory. He should produce content that heals and brings people together.

  4. vote DEMOCRATE AND AMERICA WILL BE GREAT AGAIN AND WE WILLT TELL PUTIN TO GO BACK TO HIS OWN COUNTRY WHILE WE JAIL Draft dodger Twit and MOSCOW MITCH THE TURTLE

  5. Trump ends ta shut up and leave those women alone and all the other people he gates too trump and his family need ta git out of this country

  6. Trump just said in this video clip that "If they don't want to fight for their country they can leave". Trump you didn't want to fight for your country, pack your bags and leave your county.

  7. Some very ignorant officials haven’t seen trump’s tweets; are they that stupid and expect their constituents to actually believe their stupidity? Unbelievable!

  8. Boy!! Pubs are artful Question dodgers!! The "Genius(???)" Brain said "I don't remember" around 127 times…or more!!

  9. that plant looks so cute omg. i've never seen a pothos that was so adamantly against trailing. he just wants to show off so bad

  10. What part of these tweets make it "racist"? Is Seth confusing coincidence with racism? Because clearly Trumps motivation is because they are democrats and their race has nothing to do with that. Don't get me wrong, I believe Trump is racist, but thats besides the point.

  11. If Agolf TwHittler destroys the world with Nuclear weapons… Republicans will just pretend it did not happen 😪😪😪

  12. He says absolutely nothing. This that bla bla bla, nothing specific, nothing of substance…just simply nothing.

  13. What about his sons serves some time in battleground 😤 Afgha-Syra or whatever 🗣🧠🤪🤫🤫🤫

  14. America is their country, so is he talking about the U.S. there's one thing that's true that the world is laughing at America and the president.

  15. The Democrats have far more in common with Hitler that the Republicans do. Learn your history Donkeys…the Real history.

  16. Elevator is a way to escape to escape! Up or down, hopefully no one will remember what I did last summer!

  17. I just have to point out that he said if they are not willing to fight for our country. Not willing to fight for our country? From a goddamn draft Dodger?

  18. Trump capitalizes the "Nation" in the tweet (about 6min in), and I think we all know which collection of racist radicals this is a signal to.

  19. “If you don’t want to fight for this country….” really? I’m just sorry that there’s no fake bone spurs emoji.

  20. Said things that are unthinkable. Sorry President Scarecrow but it is hard to think when you don’t have a brain.

  21. The republicans been known trump is a racist.. They just dont wont to lose there jobs.. So they sucken it up…its wrong.. How can you condone a racist president.. Cause in reality trump isnt for united staes.. He is for his self.. Congress needs to step in and impeach trump.. Cause we dont need or wont him as our president…no racist president.

  22. This is a Racist President. He doesn't understand what is Racist? He needs to suffer some of his own name calling maybe THE FAT RAT, THE BIG RAT, THE RAT HOLE.

  23. Oh look another brain dead fool that doesn't understand what racism really is! Funny how when "others" say the same thing or worse nothing is said! The irony cracks me up, that these media fools must think American people are dumb and continue to spoon feed their bullcrap.

  24. Republicans pretend they are looking out for the people of this country but truth be told Republicans pretend everything except party before country

  25. So I get the Republican manifesto now…if you hate trump..you automatically hate America correct?…only a delusional dick would subscribe to that way of thinking.

  26. Republicans who support this evil lying Racist Traitor crook President are morons, traitors, crooks , racists or all four at once. Save yourself America. Jail this lying Racist Traitor President.

  27. With every statement twump made to validate his viewpoint, he never gave any quotes from them.
    WARNING WILL ROBINSON! POTUS NOT OPERATING ON ALL THRUSTERS!

  28. The beauty of Trump is that he says exactly the right things just about the wrong person. It's kinda tragic actually

  29. Narcs usually do blame themselves
    And make others feel guilty for it
    Dark moon fake card tonight! Keep eating the onion I mean apple trump may you will notice your adams apple that the demons are chewing on…
    Yes the stupidity of the president!

  30. Trump do not think this is a humble act.
    You never should have took the 2014 narc clown proposal!
    Now you really look like bush hefner look alike.

  31. Who is nic moldini
    No advisors name mentioned
    But to listen to and idiot shows fake trump card has no brains…

  32. In 2020 Drumpf looses the popular vote again, but gerrymandering will save him again …Just like the British system, the US democracy is fake.
    Your system allows fools like Cadet Bonespurs and his cronies to steal the presidency and get away with it.
    And your spineless politicians care more about their jobs and financial benefits that come with that.

  33. Please name the racist tweet? I have yet to see one that directly called out the race of a person………

  34. Hate speech is free speech protected by the 1st amendment. Is Trumps tweets racist no not at all are they brutally honest yes they are. The lefties of the facist dixiecrat party of nazism thinks everything is racist. 2019 minorities have become the racists.

  35. May the 2nd civil war come soon so we can teach the dixiecrats of the confederate party a lesson again. The republican union will humiliate the Democratic Confederacy. Better pick your sides right or left patriots or tyranny.

  36. "If they don't want to fight for their country they can leave".
    He actually said that.
    He must have forgotten the bone spur affair.

  37. I am ashamed senator richard shelby is my senator in alabama, who refuses to stand up to President trump's racist comments 😳😳😳

  38. Hey Seth: You're a lying sellout !
    And….. you're not funny – isn't that your job, to be funny ?
    Applause signs are very useful on your show.

  39. Fight for Their Country!!?? Well Captain Bone Spur, how did You do Fighting for your Country!!?? 5 Deferments!! Stump Is a Chicken Hawk!!

  40. Yeah that's why Chump has the 20th entire floor rented out for $2Million/yr to a CHINESE Company pd for by China (govt) in one of his con bought bldgs. He is thee ultimate hypocrite of the USA presidency! Keep taking your sweet ads time impeaching him Nancy, he'll win in 2020 & then our freedom will be a thing of the past FOR SURE!

  41. Trump used the word "espousing" correctly. I think somebody must have placed a "word of the day" calendar on his desk.

  42. Theres nothing in his comment as racist. Left leaning media once again dividing the country with fake news for ratings and profit. Cummings district is a rat infested mess. Cause they have a true rat infestation. Look on youtube you can see actaul video of there rat problem. Trump is criticising Cummings cause his city is in a crumbles. Nothing there is a racist comment. Dems once again using Trumps words out of context and labeling it racist to smear the President to trick people to want to vote Blue. Identity politics at its finest. Fake news

  43. If an attack on four people is a racist attack.. if I said, Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, Rachel Maddow, and Anderson Cooper are paid propagandist for the socialist party and should move to Venezuela, who am I being racist against?

  44. Nothing racist about an attack on 4 people. These four people were being criticized personally. Right or wrong it was a personal attack.. do you think its reasonable for me to belive every time AOC attacks Trump she is racist against white people?

  45. This guy is a hay stack of humor I feel bad for anyone who put their faith in this degenerate clown. Its even sadder when they don't want to realize what they are seeing or hearing. As long as they feel like their income tax was a little bigger and their lives a little cheaper "if that actually happens" would vote in a race of reptilians who blatantly display their motives to use our species as food.

  46. Can someone please tell me why this should be racist oO. Is just the truth. This countries have a problem with all of those things. He didn’t said that the people are disgusting or that moslems (which is also not a race) are fools etc. I don’t know why you play the racist card. Please explain me why this is racist. Thanks

  47. Donald your talking about bill Clinton and Epstein – look at yourself ! You pig ! Your a fucking disgrace & a pig ! 24 RAPES ! That's not too bad Donny ! Almost got thirty ! Few more will be coming out soon and your grabbing their privates like a sick old hag ! Your a pervert and a pig ! Perfect word for you is PIG ! Donny the pig ! That's ur new nickname ! By the way Donald your picture with Mohammad is beautiful ! Inspiring ! Your not quite as happy as you are with Vladimir tho ! Everyone already knows that's your boyfriend ! Can't hide that anymore ! Soulmates ! That's special ! The picture of you and Vladimir holding hands at the Grand Canyon was amazing ! Inspiring !

  48. Nobody can support Donny without lying ! That's inspiring ! I've been so sooooooooooo inspired lately ! All the beautiful love and Armageddon type things happening ! Looking forward to the next flying grasshopper day ! That's amazing ! Like the typhoons ! Awesome things are happening ! Fabulous things are happening ! For sho ! Too bad that nobody is ever moving forward until this is dealt with ! Sorry you picked the wrong type person ! And social media isn't going to cut it or get anything accomplished !

  49. Trump is a specimen that was born to spread HATE. Hell has a throne next to the Demon for him, there we will see him and make him pay.

  50. “Viscously,” telling us how to tun the government?? He keeps using that word, but I don’t think it means what he thinks it means.

  51. As for racism, Trump has a troubling pedigree. His daddy was a gowned and hooded KKK marcher, arrested in a Klan riot in Queens in May 1924.

  52. "The whole world is laughing at us"… and I was thinking "Not so much, we are actually laughing at u!" and then he said "…they are laughing at the stupidity of our president." xD That right there is priceless!

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