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Donald Trump is now the presumptive Republican nominee for president, and on Wednesday’s Late Night, Seth Meyers took “A Closer Look” at how we got here. His discovery? Trump is exactly what Republicans have wanted for years—possibly about seven years, since a certain non-white president moved into the White House.
“This should be a serious moment of introspection for Republicans,” Seth says in the clip above. “How did they get to the point where they’re handing their nomination to a race-baiting, xenophobic, serial liar who peddles conspiracy theories and thinks the National Enquirer is a real newspaper. The answer: This is no accident. This is not a fluke. The Republican Party is the party of Donald Trump — and has been for years.”
Seth shows a 2009 clip of a woman challenging Obama’s birth certificate, saying “I don’t want this flag to change! I want my country back!” Seth points out, “First of all, even if the president was a secret Muslim, he was never going to change the flag. That’s like a surefire way to blow his secret.”
The big problem was that Donald trump fanned the flames of these conspiracy theories, gaining support from Republicans, but GOP leaders did nothing to stop the rumors. John Boehner said, “it wasn’t my job to tell them what to think.”
“It wasn’t your job to tell them? Your job title was literally Speaker!” Meyers exclaims. “F*cking speak!”
“This perfectly encapsulates why the forces opposed to Trump within the GOP were doomed from the beginning, because they were never willing to fully commit to standing up to Trump.” Now they are stuck with him as their nominee.