Seth Meyers took “A Closer Look” at Donald Trump’s first moves as president-elect on Monday’s Late Night, ridiculing Trump for wasting his “fresh start” on Steve Bannon. “The national news media has been bending over backwards to try to pretend that Trump’s incoming presidency isn’t a threat to our institutions. To give him a chance to undo 18 months of racist, bigoted, unhinged rhetoric,” Meyers said.
“If they’re so eager to see if Donald Trump — a 70-year-old billionaire — can suddenly change for the better, let’s give him this fresh start and see if he can surprise us. Let’s give him a chance.” Cue the supercut of news organizations announcing that Trump has chosen Steve Bannon as his chief strategist. The former Editor of Breitbart News is known for championing the alt-right movement that’s associated with white nationalism and often racism and anti-Semitism.
Many have called the move controversial. “He’s not controversial,” explained Meyers. “He’s a white nationalist and an anti-Semite. Don’t talk about him like he’s pineapple on pizza.”
“Well, we gave him a chance,” Meyers said of Donald Trump’s first week as president-elect. “Bye chance, thank you for stopping by. Good to see you, chance.”
Watch the clip for more on Trump’s first moves as president-elect.