Trump Faces Scrutiny Over Personal Properties, Hurricane Lies: A Closer Look
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Trump Faces Scrutiny Over Personal Properties, Hurricane Lies: A Closer Look


-The President’s ongoing
break from reality continued this morning
on Twitter, as we learned more
about his insistence that Hurricane Dorian
was gonna hit Alabama. For more on this,
it’s time for “A Closer Look.” [ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ Well, it’s another Monday
in the Trump era, which means we all awoke
to another fever dream of cruelty, stupidity,
and corruption. Just in the last few days,
the President launched a deranged attack on John Legend
and Chrissy Teigen, a House panel is investigating
the military’s use of Trump-owned property
in Scotland, the President
ignited bipartisan fury when he announced
that he invited the Taliban to Camp David just days before
the anniversary of 9/11 while simultaneously
canceling that meeting and upending months
of delicate peace talks. And he attacked former South
Carolina governor Mark Sanford, who announced
a primary challenge against him by trying to remind people
that Sanford had an affair with a woman in Argentina, tweeting that Sanford
was found in Argentina with his
“Flaming Dancer friend.” Now, we think he meant
to type “flamingo” dancer, which also would have been wrong
because it’s “Flamenco” dancer, which also would have been wrong
because there is no evidence Sanford’s former mistress
had ever been a flamenco dancer. It’s like a seven-layer dip
of presidential insanity. It’s stupid stacked
on top of stupid stacked on top of stupid
and then I guess guacamole. [ Laughter ] Also, I’d like to remind
everyone — everyone — this is not the first time Trump has gotten details
of this story wrong. To explain his disappearance when he was having the affair
back in 2009, Sanford famously claimed he had been hiking
the Appalachian Trail. Trump has tried
to mock him for that before, but he’s gotten that detail
wrong, as well, and he did it again today. -Mr. Tallahassee Trail.
Or Appalachian Trail. He’s the Appalachian Trail,
right? The Tallahassee Trail
is nice, too, but I think he was
the Appalachian Trail. Never liked him too much. I wasn’t a big fan. The Tallahassee Trail.
Must be a beautiful place. Unfortunately,
he didn’t go there. He was supposed to be
vacationing on the Tallahassee Trail, but he was actually
in Argentina. I don’t know. Jim, do they have a
Tallahassee Trail in Argentina? -No, they don’t. They — They don’t have one
in Tallahassee. It doesn’t exist. The Tallahassee Trail
sounds like the name of a chain restaurant
where they let you throw peanut shells on the floor. And, by the way, almost
everything I just told you about happened before 8:00 a.m.
this morning. It’s hard enough to process all
this insanity in an entire day, but it’s worse when you haven’t
even had your coffee yet. I never thought I’d say this
to a president, but, please, sleep in. We need to take one of those
dumb novelty T-shirts that says “Don’t talk to me
until I’ve had my coffee” and pass it into law. [ Laughter ] And while all… [ Cheers and applause ] While all of this was happening,
Trump was also continuing his use of the presidency
to enrich himself. Last week,
Trump reportedly encouraged Vice President Mike Pence
to stay at his golf resort in Ireland, and, on Friday,
it was reported that an Air Force crew made a
stop at Trump’s Scottish resort. Democrats are investigating
whether these obviously corrupt practices violate
the Constitution, so Trump lashed out again
this morning on Twitter, distancing himself
from both incidents. -“I had nothing to do
with the decision of our great vice president,
Mike Pence, to stay overnight at one of the Trump-owned
resorts in Doonbeg, Ireland.” -“I know nothing
about an Air Force plane landing in an airport,
which I don’t own and have nothing to do with it,
near Turnberry Resort, which I do own, in Scotland,
and filling up with fuel, with the crew staying overnight
at Turnberry. They have good taste.
NOTHING TO DO WITH ME.” -Wow. He is tap dancing faster
than a flaming dancer. Also, you can’t
just tweet in all caps “NOTHING TO DO WITH ME” right after you admit
they stayed at your hotel and you put in parentheses
“they have good taste.” He’s like a guy who gets caught
on camera robbing a liquor store and says, “That’s not me, but whoever it is
is very handsome.” [ Laughter ] And it’s not just the Air Force
and the Vice President who are helping line
Trump’s pockets. It was also reported last week
that Attorney General Bill Barr had booked Trump’s hotel
for a $30,000 holiday party. Trump was asked about all
the money flowing from taxpayers to his private businesses
last week and once again claimed
he had nothing to do with it while also taking
the opportunity to advertise his resorts. -Can you speak to,
um, your involvement in the Vice President’s plans to stay at a Trump property
in Ireland? -Well, I had no involvement,
other than it’s a great place. It’s Doonbeg. I own it.
It’s in Ireland. It’s beautiful. It’s wonderful.
I don’t suggest anything. I don’t suggest it, nor did I
with the Attorney General. I never spoke to the Attorney
General about using my hotel. I have a lot of hotels
all over the place, and people use them
because they’re the best. I mean, you know,
they’re the best. But, uh, he’s using the hotel. And, uh… People like my product.
What can I tell you? Can’t help it. But, uh, you know,
and I guess they say, “We want to stay at a place that’s better
than someplace else.” -Well, that is really
quite the endorsement. Sandals should steal
that slogan. Sandals — a place that’s better
than someplace else. [ Cheers and applause ] Of course, all of this — All of this comes after
Trump spent the entire week lying about a hurricane
and insisting that it was gonna hit Alabama,
going even so far as to alter an official forecast
with a Sharpie. Now, we — we don’t want
to keep talking about this. We would have been happy
to just let this go as another one of the million
dumb things Trump has done. We talked about it on Thursday,
had a few days off, and figured we’d wake up
to a new day of fresh crimes
and flaming dancers, but Trump
keeps talking about it, and, as we all know, once Trump
gets called out for a lie, he will not stop
until he gets the last word. Everything else
has to grind to a halt while we watch this
sweaty weirdo bark at reporters and insist that he’s correct
by tweeting nonstop or doing that thing
where he points at his own brain to show us all how smart he is. “They did a CAT scan of my brain
and said it was huge. Here. Let me show you a photo.” [ Laughter ] I mean, look at him. [ Cheers and applause ] This looks like the start
of a kids’ video called “Head, Shoulders, Knees,
and I Can’t Reach My Toes.” But Trump initially pretended he had no idea
who defaced his hurricane map. Well, it won’t surprise you
to learn that after the “Washington Post”
did some digging, they found out
who the culprit was. It was Trump
who used the black Sharpie to mark up an official National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration map, which he displayed
during an Oval Office briefing on Wednesday according
to a White House official who spoke on the condition
of anonymity. No one else writes like that
on a map with a black Sharpie. It’s amazing to me that reporters actually
had to spend time on this. They actually had to call up
anonymous sources and get them to reveal
who the Sharpie culprit was. It’s like Watergate, except
Trump is his own Deep Throat. He’s Cheap Throat. “Don’t worry. We don’t need
to pay for a new map. I’ll just draw on it
with a Sharpie. Everyone
will think it’s real.” It’s probably what he did
for each of Eric’s birthdays. Now, Trump has tried to muddy
the waters and confuse everyone by making this
as complicated as possible, so let’s keep it very simple — last Sunday, September 1st, Trump tweeted that Alabama
will most likely be hit much harder than anticipated
and then 20 minutes later, the National Weather Service
in Birmingham, Alabama, tweeted, “Alabama will not see
any impacts from Dorian,” and as we learned this weekend, that correction wasn’t the
National Weather Service going out of their way
to embarrass Trump. They had to issue that
correction specifically in response to Alabama residents who were freaked out
by the President’s tweet. The Washington Post reported that the Birmingham office sent
the tweet after receiving
a flurry of phone calls from concerned residents
following Trump’s message. We’re now at the point where the President
is scaring people for no reason. He is basically
the WebMD of presidents. He said no matter — No matter what symptom… [ Applause ] No matter what symptom
you type in, the response says, “Sounds bad.
You’re probably gonna die.” Seriously, think about that. People were calling because the President said
they might be in danger, and instead of reassuring them
after he was corrected, he doubled down. It’s like if you stood up
in a crowded theater and yelled “fire,” and then
a theater employee said, “Everyone calm down.
There’s no fire.” And instead of apologizing, you took out a can of gasoline
and a match and said, “Well, there’s one now.” But the craziest and most
dangerous part of all of this is that Trump has now involved
other parts of the government in his war on reality. Just today we learned that
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross threatened firings at NOAA
after Trump Dorian tweets. That comes after NOAA staff were
instructed not to contradict the President’s Sharpie
hurricane forcast, and on top of that,
Trump has entire party in lockstep with him. Just yesterday,
Republican Senator Roy Blount dismissed Trump’s
compulsive lying, although he seemed to pause when asked if Americans
could trust the President. -Should the American public
take the President at his word when he speaks? -Well, the President
communicates differently than anybody else has ever before —
-You’ve said that before. -As a candidate, he — the —
the American public — -He’s President
of the United States, and when he issues a —
politicizing the weather. I mean, is there anything left? -Well, I-I-I actually — I’ve spent most of this month
at home in Missouri, uh, and I don’t —
I think this — this whole Sharpie thing
is way being over-played. -Are you worried
that the credibility of the words of the
President of the United States has been eroded? -No. [ Laughter ] -It should not take you
that long to answer when someone asks you if the
President you support is a liar. That’s like a husband
who just got back from a guys trip to Vegas. “Did you have fun, honey?”
“Yeah.” “Did you get a lap dance?” “No.” [ Laughter ] And then there’s Fox News,
and entire propaganda network that, with few exceptions,
reinforces the President’s deranged alternate reality
on a daily basis then denies obvious facts
that are plain to our eyes. In fact, just last month
an anchor on Fox Business actually insisted
during an interview with one of Trump’s Republican
primary challengers that the President
has never told a lie. -I’m running
against this President because I believe he lies virtually every time
he opens his mouth. You know that, too. -No, I do not.
-I believe he’s morally unfit. -I do not know that.
Don’t impute — Do not impute that
to me, Joe Walsh. -And I believe it is a danger
to this country. Stuart, do you believe
this President lies? -No. -You don’t believe
he’s ever lied? -He exaggerates and spins. -Yeah, those are other ways
of saying he lies. Do Fox News anchors keep a
thesaurus with them at all times for moments like this? “Does the President lie?”
“No, he… beguiles, obfuscates,
prevaricates, and dissembles.” Also, it’s very hard
to come off as a moron when you’re a guy with a British
accent using the word “impute,” but, somehow,
this guy managed to do it. Although, if Brexit
has taught us anything, it’s that British people
are just as prone to putting dummies
in charge as we are, like this dummy. -Do you know the caution? Do you know what you have to say
when you — when you — when you —
when you call on someone? You do not have to say anything. Is that right? Anything you — No, but if you fail
to mention something… which you later… rely on — Hang on, let’s get this right. You remember it? They all know it. Which you late– Which you later
rely on in court… may be… taken into account… Anyway, you get the gist. [ Laughter ] -I don’t know. I don’t know if we did
get the gist. I mean, that’s their — Their Prime Minister is like if Donald Trump had
one of those GPS settings where you could just switch him
to a British accent. [ Laughter ] [ British accent ]
“I think the best way, uh, for Britain out
of the European Union is, uh, through
the Tallahassee Trail.” [ Normal voice ]
Although my favorite, favorite Boris Johnson clip
from this last week, hands down, has to be this one. -Please leave my town.
-I will very soon. [ Laughter ] -That might be the most British
thing I’ve ever seen. “Good day, sir. Now, please do [bleep] off.
Cheerio.” Americans, of course,
we are slightly less polite. -Mr. President, [bleep] you! [ Laughter ] The British one — The British one was good… but I do like
the American remake. The President of the
United States isn’t just lying. He’s concocting elaborate
fantasies to defend those lies, strong arming the rest of his
government to justify those lies and relying on the support
of an entire political party and right-wing media apparatus
to spread those lies. It might seem trivial when it’s just about
Sharpies or flaming dancers, but Trump’s war on reality also has real consequences
for real people. At this point, we’d be much
better off if, instead of being President, Trump just spent
his time hiking… -The Tallahassee Trail. -This has been A Closer Look. [ Cheers and applause ]

100 Comments

  • Super Sonic

    It's being whispered about town that Johnny Bolton is going to write a book!! Ahhhh omg I'm picturing a lovely release date of sayyy…October 2020! It's in the bag folks ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜†๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽˆ

  • chuyo caca

    the lines! are drawn people and not talking with a sharpie! this Man is an embarrassment to what America! is suppose to be all about! for Pete's sake this Man was given an inheritance and dodged the draft claiming Bone spurs? all his life has been about his father's wealth and how to make it Bigger!how can you stand there and defend this Con Man!… really can you?…

  • John Shifflette

    ALERT- President Trump reelection will sweep across this country like a storm from hell ! Just circle the whole country with your Sharpie ! PS DemsSuck

  • invalidname43

    IF ALL of this is true(and i believe all of this to be true as well) ,why is he still president and why are we not having the republican's arrested for treason or at least that are responsible for what is OBVIOUS at this point…
    that there is treason going on,????
    just askin for clarification .

  • James Musslewhite

    Trump was right about the Hurricane predicted path at the time of his tweet.
    https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2019/DORIAN_graphics.php?product=wind_probs_34_F120
    Seth Meyers should know better.

  • Ned Thumberland

    If the christian god is what Mike Pence believes him to be, I'd like to say that's an f*cked up god to begin with. He's nothing like what Jesus is and preaches. I wish the worst, the absolute worst, in this life and the next on those who claim to be christian and is still supporting Pence,Trump, or Republicans.

  • Paul Makinson

    "…the credibility of the president has been eroded?"-"no". You cannot erode something that was never there in the first place.

  • Gerry Mac

    As as British citizens we did Not put that idiot Johnston in charge he we selected by his own party……thatโ€™s less than 0.000001% of the population of the UK. Just thought you would like to Know.

  • CHUCK EHRESMAN

    After standing by and watching all this stupid madness,, its funny to see that Trump holds a lavish hotel suite in the minds of everybody that despises him.Hes in their heads,,, eating away at their minds.Pretty sad.And everyone who hates him are brainwashed,,, socialist,,,, communist anti American individuals.Its UNDEBATABLE.

  • geminimc692

    SharpieGate is more important than SpyGate to you Trump Derangement Syndrome sufferers How utterly pathetic WWG1WGA Trump 2020 KAG

  • Jeff somersby

    The cops were about to fall over laughing when Boris Johnson was just bumbling through that speech …. lol
    Christm when are people going to realise they have to look at the person they are going to vote for and make an informed decision … you would think the Brits would of stayed clear of a trump clone …
    But having said that I bet he gets the shaft before the US gets rid of that cancer you have that is killing your nation…The US will be damaged by trump a lot more than 911.

  • Whirlwind S

    Amerrican taxpayers need to also stop paying for Trump going to Florida and other golf courses to get more money for his organization. There also needs to be limits on his children going on holidays and the taxpayers paying for their constant rich kid excursions.
    hotel bill โ€“ for THREE nights only
    Tiffany Trump and her Nigerian friend Michael Boulos spent the weekend in Cannes during the annual film festival
    Government records obtained by DailyMail.com reveal that Secret Service agents spent three nights in a hotel for $ 19,213.48
    That money will be covered by taxpayers at the same time that the trade war with China has hit American farmers hard and can cost families $ 2300 a year
    Government records also show that orders for $ 107,443.82 and $ 213,926.17 were placed during the festival at the Hotel Palm Beach in Cannes.

  • Yolanda Denny

    Whenever Trump says "I don't know nothing about…" or "I don't have anything to do with…" he does know and he does have something to do with it. He is too narcissistic to not think he knows everything.

  • Doc Bravo

    Late Night Propaganda from the Socialist Party of America brought to you by corporate America. Fake news, fake comedy, fake people.

  • Stephen M

    It's strange that the west isn't able to distinguish the Taliban from al Qaeda. The Taliban had nothing to do with 911. The USA was for some reason in a war with the taliban in Afghanistan.

  • jed Tomczat

    corrupt, lying, cheating, conman he just comes off as an ignorant moron, then factor in all the wives he's cheated on, and all the lies he's tried to feed us

  • S. Gillespie

    Trump's money grabbing behavior may be an indication of his TRUE wealth instead of his fake "billionaire" wealth. In other words the idiot needs money!

  • James Madison

    Seth, do you EVER get tired of being propaganda shill for blue haired, obese, gender confused idiots? No? Didn't think so. Why don't you have a blue haired, obese, gender confused person of color as side kick? You MUST be racist, right? Oh, double standard, I get it.

  • generationofswine

    The crowds at his hate rallies are disgusting. They hiss and jeer at the mention of someone's name even though they know nothing of this person at all. Trump whips up the crowd to hate him. What sort of people do this type of thing? It seems totally alien to me.

  • Lisa Gulick

    The weird thing about that woman yelling is that she actually was +polite+ about it…used the correct title before flinging her F-bomb!

  • Andra Book

    You mean…..he thinks that somehow he can use terrorism and 9/11 to ….somehow benefit himself???! ……….>_>……..this would be shocking….if he hadn't gone on the news and talked about how it benefits him as soon as it happened….after "predicting" it in his book…………………. (there's no amount of dots that can make ANY of this ok. I hope you realise that).
    What are his hotels "the best" at, exactly? just curious.

  • Michael Taylor

    Trump doesn't think and analyze facts to ensure his words are true, upbuilding and meaningful. He just "blurts" out the first think that comes to his mind. Consequently its 98% garbage. The longer this guy is leader, the more the very office of American president is being damaged so that the entire country has no respect for government. We are told to have " honor for the king" or governmental leaders since God is permitting them temporary to rule until his Son takes over. And it was so easy to do with Barack Obama. But with this class act it has never been so hard to try to obey the scripture to have honor for the king.

  • GHustle4

    Those who actually were calling because trump said a hurricane was coming for them tells you just how stupid americans are….SMFHLook it up dumb ass

  • GHustle4

    Also I'm pretty sure they put Boris and trump in charge to laugh at the lower class because they are not stupid it's rich people just playing a prank on the commoners

  • Wassily Kandinsky

    Oh I'm so fed up with the orange idiot and first and foremost with his utterly stupid supporters believing this clowns stupid words.

  • Liche Christ

    Is there any limit at all to the extent of ridicule and debasement which this man has brought unto our once-respected White-house and its Constitutional inception?

  • J'elica 2

    If these idiots spouses and children were as "honest" as Trump, excuse me, 'exaggerated and spin' would these idiots STILL say isn't LYING????

  • Pinky Morales

    I have a questions does anyone else notice the guy behind him is trying to contain his laughter? I mean you have to have balls to hear all that craziness and be stoned faced at the same time I couldn't do it I would excuse myself and go hide just to LOL.

  • Bobby Bobby

    At this point, I dont give a damn anymore about Republican or Democrat. We just need someone that is well educated, well spoken and main objective is not to funnel our tax money into their own private family business. This is an absolute embarrassment to our great country.

  • flynnbrown2001

    Anyway, Seth…that brief footage of our version, of your 45, was pretty good. Eton education is not always good. It does produce morons, like, in bunches.

    I can't stand the Ejut.

  • Dog Fart

    The dumbest leader that America ever had. No President was dumber than trump.how.can the Republicans let this.dung beetle keep destroying America. They are not protecting the people or the constitution.

  • karenza t. Wall

    Notice how the cops standing behind Boris laugh at him as he makes a fool of himself? That's the difference between the British & Americans. The American military & police wouldn't DARE laugh behind trump. Remember Plaid Shirt Guy? Who was removed for facially responding to trump's idiocies? So, Parliament will stand long after the Republic has shattered itself from taking themselves too seriously.

  • attorney1100

    When Trump talks at those rallies, the people laughing and clapping on the back are as ignorant and stupid as he is. They all laugh at any stupidity he says, even if it doesn't make sense or they don't comprehend.

  • Rick TD

    Too bad it already exists. It's called The Tallahassee – St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail. When are you sheep going to realize Seth lies constantly ?

  • Rick TD

    Trump is dumb but he's smart enough to know man-made catastrophic global warming is a scam but Seth and almost all of his follower sheep aren't smart enough to figure it out, so how dumb are they ? Dumber than dumb I guess.

  • Christine McIntyre

    Seth is a Hippocrate and anyone else who is helping him to bash the President. Over and over and over and its every show he does. Seriously has a problem and what a waist of air time. Clearly he is a one trick pony! LOL!!!

  • nadamasdisponible

    Whiny Seth Meyers makes me want to like Trump even though I dont like Trump at all. I guess I hate fake news even more than I hate Trump. And Im not the only one. Get a clue.

  • Eric Claey

    Regardless of his private life before he was the POTUS, Trump have been the best POTUS ever. Trump/Pence 2020.
    BTW… he/she that has no sin… cast the first stone.

  • Christine McIntyre

    The only reason why Seth is bashing the President is to get his ratings up which means more money I assume!? Why aren't you thanking Mr. President Trump ? No, you'd rather ride on his coat tail. Ride like the wind cause your full of hot air!

  • Anthony Ramirez

    LMFAO all the people laughing about the non existent trail behind him just show how many weak brained people supported him … I love it lol … Good job showing on TV how stupid people are … Lol I love this … His presidency is gonna be remembered as a really bad and way too long joke… Thank you officers,soldiers,first responders and real Americans who didn't vote for him… America United.

  • Rety Fuller

    Nancy where are you hiding? Trump must be impeached. In your face America, I take tax payers money and get it in my pockets. This is creating a precedent for future crooks in the WH

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