Seth Meyers skewers Trump's attempt to throw Mike Pence under the bus on a crucial health care issue

Seth Meyers skewers Trump's attempt to throw Mike Pence under the bus on a crucial health care issue
Vice President Mike Pence, along with members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, addresses his remarks at a coronavirus update briefing Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)

Critics of President Donald Trump generally don’t spend a lot of time defending Vice President Mike Pence, who seldom questions anything the president has to say. But comedian Seth Meyers, a frequent Trump critic, recently lambasted the president’s attempt to throw Pence under the bus over an important issue pertaining to coronavirus.

At an April 1 press briefing, Meyers notes, a reporter brought up Trump’s refusal to reopen Obamacare enrollment for Americans who don't currently have health insurance.

“When [Trump] was asked why he wouldn’t reopen the Obamacare exchange,” Meyers explained during a lengthy monologue on his show, “he turned the question over to Mike Pence —and then bragged that Pence had found a way to talk for five minutes without answering the question.”

Pence, to be sure, did give a long-winded response to the reporter’s question — but he never actually answered it.

And when Pence was done speaking, Trump actually called him out on it: “I think that’s one of the greatest answers I ever heard because Mike was able to speak for five minutes and not even touch your question…. That’s what you call a great professional.”

Of course, Trump himself had completely dodged the question by throwing it to Pence. And since millions of people are uninsured in the United States during a deadly pandemic, facing the prospect of massive health care bills if they end up hospitalized, it's an important question to answer.

Meyers asserted, “Think about how much of a sociopath you have to be to brag that you didn’t answer a question about whether Americans can get health care during a pandemic.”

The comedian went on to say, “Trump’s like a public defender sitting next to his client during a murder interrogation, saying, ‘Notice how he hasn’t confessed yet? I mean, and this guy — this guy right here…. A real sicko. Hey, tell him you secretly write your name in your victim’s diary.’”

Meyers also discussed Trump’s aggressive promotion of hydroxychloroquine as a possible way to treat coronavirus. Although hydroxychloroquine has been used to treat malaria, Dr. Anthony Fauci and other health professionals have stressed that it still needs a lot of research where COVID-19 is concerned.

Trump, Meyers asserted, “won’t even offer millions of Americans basic health insurance during a deadly pandemic. What is Trump offering? Well, like a true huckster, he’s selling them an unproven medication that’s still in clinical trials.”

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