On Thursday‚Äôs episode of ‚ÄúLate Night,‚ÄĚ host Seth Meyers chucked a couple jokes at Donald Trump for his weird, ‚Äúlow energy‚ÄĚ attempt at being nice at his rally on Wednesday before moving onto a bigger issue: how Trump and other Republicans are trying to swing the midterms by making categorically untruthful claims about tax cuts and health care.
‚ÄúIf there‚Äôs one refrain you hear more than any other at these rallies, it‚Äôs [Trump‚Äôs] false claim that he‚Äôs accomplished more than any president in history,‚ÄĚ Meyers said. ‚ÄúBut, tellingly, Republicans are not talking about any of those supposed accomplishments. Just take their signature piece of legislation, the massive tax cut they gave to corporations and the wealthy. That tax cut is so unpopular that rather than just campaign on it, Trump is just making up a completely new tax cut specifically for the middle class that he claims Republicans are about to pass.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúLate Night‚ÄĚ then played a couple clips of Trump talking about this alleged tax cut bill, in an interview and at a rally.
‚ÄúSo Trump says Republicans are gonna introduce a major middle class tax cut prior to November, which sounds great except for the fact Congress is out of session until after the November 6 midterm elections,‚ÄĚ Meyers continued. ‚ÄúSo there are two possibilities here. Either Trump is lying, or he doesn‚Äôt know how Congress works. And honestly, it‚Äôs probably both. If you‚Äôre ever asking yourself: Is Trump lying or is he stupid, the answer is most likely C. All of the above.
‚ÄúAnd yet Trump keeps repeating this obvious fabrication hoping voters will hear it and think Republicans are actually going to cut their taxes. In fact, here‚Äôs an exchange Trump had with reporters this week where they tried to explain to him that what he was saying made no sense. I‚Äôm gonna read the transcript for you.‚ÄĚ
Here‚Äôs said transcript:
Reporter: ‚ÄúYou said that you wanted tax cuts by November 1st. Congress isn‚Äôt even in session. How is that possible?‚ÄĚ
Trump: ‚ÄúNo, we‚Äôre going to be passing ‚ÄĒ no, no. We‚Äôre putting in a resolution sometime in the next week, or week and a half, two weeks.‚ÄĚ
Reporter: ‚ÄúA resolution where?‚ÄĚ
Trump: ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre going to put in ‚ÄĒ we‚Äôre giving a middle-income tax reduction of about 10 percent.‚ÄĚ
Reporter: ‚ÄúAre you signing an executive order for that?‚ÄĚ
Trump: ‚ÄúNo. No. No. I‚Äôm going through Congress.‚ÄĚ
Reporter: ‚ÄúBut Congress isn‚Äôt in session though.‚ÄĚ
Trump: ‚ÄúWe won‚Äôt have time to do the vote. We‚Äôll do the vote later.‚ÄĚ
Reporter: ‚ÄúCongress is out.‚ÄĚ
Trump: ‚ÄúWe‚Äôll do the vote after the election.‚ÄĚ
Meyers sounded increasingly incredulous as he read it, and then summed up the entire interaction with a pair of solid zingers:
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs like an Abbott & Costello routine where Trump is Abbott¬†and Costello. And the theater has a gas leak,‚ÄĚ Meyers joked. ‚ÄúThat transcript is like listening to your grandpa talk to the cable guy.‚ÄĚ
You can watch all of the ‚ÄúA Closer Look‚ÄĚ segment from Thursday‚Äôs ‚ÄúLate Night With Seth Meyers‚ÄĚ in the video embedded at the top of this post.