On Wednesday, Seth Meyers rebuked not just President Donald Trump, but the entire Republican party for its attempts to subvert democracy in the wake of the president’s resounding election defeat.
“The simple horrifying fact is that it’s now going to become canon in the right-wing cinematic universe that Trump actually won this election and Biden is an illegitimate president,” Meyers said toward the end of a lengthy rant during the most recent episode of Late Night.
Earlier in the show, the host checked in on Trump’s latest failed legal attempts to toss out the election results. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court quickly denied a request from Pennsylvania Republicans to overturn the certification of Biden’s victory in the state with a brief, unsigned statement: “The application for injunctive relief presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court is denied.”
“Trump put three judges on the court, and he was very explicit about the fact that he wanted them to jump in and steal the election for him, Bush v. Gore-style. And he still lost,” Meyers said, flashing photos of Trump’s three court appointees: Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett. “When those three saw the actual court filing, it was probably like meeting someone you matched with on Tinder in person: ‘So that picture you posted, that was before the explosion?’”
“The right-wing judges on the Supreme Court are Trump superfans—they’re desperate to side with him,” Meyers continued. “If he could have given them a case with even a little meat on it, they were ready to Hamburger Helper it into a full meal. But there was nothing there. They had to admit it.”
While the Supreme Court decision was the latest reconfirmation of Biden’s electoral victory, it isn’t the last attempt Trump will make to usurp the results. On Wednesday, Trump amplified an equally dubious lawsuit filed by a Texas attorney general and endorsed by 17 other Republican attorneys general that seeks to extend the December 14 certification in four battleground states Trump lost. (In its reporting on the lawsuit, the New York Times called the legal complaint “far-fetched” and “outlandish.”)
“The most horrifying thing about this whole charade is the idea that the GOP doesn’t just want to invalidate the votes of millions of Americans—they want state legislatures to override them,” Meyers said. In fact, just this week, Trump reiterated his wish that legislatures or the courts would intervene on his behalf.
“Now, let’s see whether or not somebody has the courage—whether it’s a legislator or legislatures, or whether it’s a justice of the Supreme Court or a number of justices of the Supreme Court. Let’s see if they have the courage to do what everybody in this country knows is right,” Trump said amid a grievance-packed event in which he was ostensibly focusing on coronavirus vaccine development.