Seth Meyers takes “A Closer Look” at the Iowa results and Trump’s stages of grief

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On Wednesday’s Late Night, Seth Meyers took “A Closer Look” at the results of Monday’s Iowa caucus. Seth had Monday and Tuesday off this week, so he had a lot to cover on his return to the desk Wednesday. The Iowa caucus was a chaotic mess, and the winners seemed to be meaningless, as everyone talked about the second and third place finishers. Marco Rubio came in third, but acted like he won because of what some media outlets are calling “Marco-mentum.” Seth says, “No, I am not adding Marco-mentum to my vocabulary. I just learned ‘bae’ and I’m pretty sure I’m using it wrong.”

The big story, as always, was Donald Trump, who placed second, prompting everyone to call him a loser. And “you can tell everyone’s been holding that in for months.” Everyone thought Trump would go crazy, but he was surprisingly humble. Well, at first. The day after the caucus, he took to Twitter to accuse Ted Cruz of stealing the vote. This leads Seth to realize that Trump grieves in reverse. Instead of the typical five steps of grief—ager, denial, bargaining, depression, and acceptance—Trump does them backwards. He accepted defeat, then got depressed and stayed off Twitter for an astonishing 15 hours, then came the backlash. Watch the clip to see how he plans to remedy the results.


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