It’s been a hell of a week for Donald Trump and his presidential campaign, as more women have accused the Republican candidate of sexually assaulting them in the past. While Trump denies all allegations, let’s not forget about the leaked “Access Hollywood” tape where he says he could “do anything” to woman because he’s famous. Some Trump supporters have gone on to withdraw their endorsement, but many are coming up with any excuse to defend the candidate. On Thursday’s “Late Night,” Seth Meyers did a deep analysis in his “Closer Look” segment about what Trump supporters have said to deem the accusations untrue.
“This week of revelations about Trump’s predatory behavior pulled the curtain back on the moral cowardice of many in the Republican Party,” Meyers began. “Trump supporters and his enablers in the GOP will go to virtually any lengths to dismiss or excuse his worst behavior.”
The host then played snippets of Ben Carson saying he’s surprised more women haven’t heard more comments like the ones Trump made in the bus before, Betsy McCaughey reciting Beyoncé lyrics to demonstrate the type of language Hillary Clinton likes, and Mike Huckabee comparing Trump and Clinton to Captain Quint and the shark from “Jaws.”
“There’s very good reason to believe he did what he’s accused of. Why? Because an irrefutable, inside source told us so: Donald Trump,” replied Meyers, as he played part of Trump’s lewd comments on the “Access Hollywood” bus tape.
But the most powerful of Meyers’ statement came after he played clips of news anchors and political commentators questioning the women’s allegations since they were coming so close to Election Day.
“When people ask why women wait to report sexual assault: That’s why. Because instead of believing them, you question their motives,” Meyers exclaimed. “Stop pretending there’s an optimal time for women to go public with these kind of allegations. It’s not like if you do it in the first 24 hours, you get a parade and an iTunes gift card.”