Seth Meyers Offers Mock Empathy to President Trump for His Puny Crowd Size
"Late Night" host Seth Meyers broke down the "stark contrasts" of the Trump era on Monday, three days after President Trump took office.
"On the one hand, we saw what may have been the largest organized protest in U.S. history, and on the other hand, we had the new Trump administration openly lying its first full day in office," Meyers opened.
Trump's first full day in office was met with massive resistance worldwide by 3 million people who took to the streets in solidarity. Astoundingly, there were zero reported arrests.
"Imagine being so disliked that people are willing to go outside and protest you in Antarctica," Meyers remarked. "That's like if you climbed Mount Everest and when you got to the top, there was a guy booing you."
Meyers also pointed out that the size of the anti-Trump protests shouldn't be all that surprising. After all, Trump lost the popular vote by 3 million and entered office with the lowest approval rating of any incoming president in modern history.
After poking fun at Trump's dystopian "in-ugh-ural" address, Meyers turned to the new presidential press secretary's clear lie on day one.
"This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period," Sean Spicer told the press.
"Period?" asked Meyers after playing the clip. "I think you mean double question mark."
Spicer was just following orders. But it's not surprising that size of the crowd was a sore spot for Trump. Size deeply matters to the president, who spent a career plastering his name on giant skyscrapers before bragging about his hands on a national debate stage.
The inauguration crowd rant even made its way into a speech President Trump gave two days later at the CIA Headquarters. So, it was high time Meyers offered a word of encouragement to the obviously wounded new leader.
“Here’s the thing, Mr. President, it was a perfectly respectable crowd—full of people who love you and are excited you won. It’s just not a record breaking crowd," Meyers noted.
Meyers also showed a side-by-side comparison of Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration with former president Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration to prove his point.
"It’s not your fault you had to follow [Barack Obama], people just really liked him. He won the electoral college and the popular vote,” Meyers added. “You’re still the most popular president since Obama."