Donald Trump is now the presumptive Republican nominee for president, to the surprise and disgust of many in the political party. But comedian Seth Meyers says the GOP should have seen this coming.
Meyers used the “Closer Look” segment of his late-night show, NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” to break down how Trump was able to rise to become the standard-bearer of the Republican Party. Meyers asserted Trump does not represent a major shift in the party’s ideology, but rather capitalized on sentiments GOP leaders have been promoting for years.
“This should be a serious moment of introspection for Republicans,” Meyers said. “How did they get to the point where they’re handing their nomination to a race-baiting, xenophobic serial liar who peddles conspiracy theories? … This is no accident. This is not a fluke. The Republican party is the party of Donald Trump and has been for years.”
Meyers played a montage of Trump and others in 2008, when Barack Obama first moved into the White House, accusing the president of being born in a country other than America and being a “secret Muslim.”
“How did GOP leaders react when confronted with the fact that large numbers of their voters believed these racist myths peddled by Trump and others?” Meyers asked. The host then played clips of former Speaker of the House John Boehner and other GOP leaders shying away from criticizing the so-called birther movement, along with other arguably racist attacks on the president and previous praising of Donald Trump for his honesty.
“At the end of the day, Republicans should do some soul searching about how they turned their party into the party of Donald Trump. The #StopTrump movement, for all its good intentions, was awkward. It was poorly organized. It was almost as awkward as this moment,” Meyers said, showing a video of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz accidently elbowing his wife, Heidi, in the face while giving a speech suspending his campaign Tuesday.
Watch Seth Meyers break down Donald Trump's nomination on "Late Night" below:
After his win in the Indiana primary, Trump took a commanding lead in the delegate count with 1,047 delegates. Cruz, who had 565 delegates, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who had 153, both dropped out after the Indiana primary, making Trump the presumptive GOP nominee by default and avoiding a contested convention in July.