Seth Meyers slammed Donald Trump Thursday night during the “A Closer Look” segment of “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” while simultaneously commenting on a “culture of male entitlement” and the still-unfolding Harvey Weinstein scandal.
Meyers took on Trump first, stating that “[we] have a president who built his political career almost entirely on bullying — his campaign and now his presidency has in many ways been a performance of dominance, a performance that has in many cases been explicitly misogynist.” He cited Trump’s attacks on Puerto Rican mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz as an example of this behavior, and expressed incredulity that Trump would refer to her as incapable.
“I’m sorry, she’s not a capable person?” Meyers asked. “What did you do after the hurricane? You took a week to send FEMA, you reminded them about their debts, and then you showed up two weeks after that and shucked paper towels like a teenager at the break room at Costco.”
Meyers then expanded the topic to focus on Weinstein: “Trump is perhaps the most famous example of this kind of abuse of male power, but he is by no means the only one, as we learned yet again this week when arguably the most powerful man in Hollywood, Harvey Weinstein, was accused by at least 25 women of sexual harassment and in three cases, rape.”
Meyers skewered the mogul, referring to the way Lisa Bloom compared him to a dinosaur as the audience cheered.
“One of his lawyers described Weinstein as ‘an old dinosaur learning new ways,’” he said. “Dinosaurs don’t learn new ways, they go extinct. They didn’t survive because they learned to type. If you’re a dinosaur, then this is your Ice Age, buddy. And unlike real dinosaurs, no one is ever going to try and bring back Harvey Weinstein.”
The late-night host also called for unity in addressing the issue of male entitlement.
“The entire ordeal is yet another window in the entitled mind of powerful, predatory men who are used to operating without consequence,” he said. “There is no doubt that this horrifying story reveals yet again a culture of systemic misogyny that exists at the highest levels of society. This should not be a partisan issue, it requires all of us to speak out and ask ourselves what we can do to address it.”
He then brought it home, pointing out that men are integral in helping take down a system that benefits them.
“Can’t believe I have to say this, but you should be able to be alone with a woman and not sexually assault her,” he said. “Women should not be held accountable for the predatory behavior of men. This is a problem. Men need to speak up and address their complicity in the system that allows this to happen,” he finished.
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