“We’re within the worst stage of the pandemic thus far, and the outgoing president is laser-focused on two issues: overturning the election outcomes and counter-programming Joe Biden’s inauguration,” mentioned Seth Meyers within the bleak first line of Monday’s Late Evening.
“We may’ve simply been ready” for the winter surge, Meyers fumed. “As a substitute we now have to hope our present president,” who has not attended a White Home coronavirus taskforce assembly in months, “is sitting at residence in his sweatpants channel browsing and unintentionally clicking previous Meet the Press on his strategy to watching, I don’t know, an episode on Ghost Hunters hoping they discover one who voted for Biden.”
The president has, nevertheless, traveled to Georgia, the place he hosted a largely mask-less rally to assist Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, the 2 Republican senators on the poll within the state’s 5 January runoff election. Meyers scoffed at Trump’s declare that he’s labored “tougher than I’ve ever labored in my life” to overturn the election: “I’m positive an exhausted nurse working a double shift at a Covid ward was psyched to listen to the president bragging that he’s working double shifts scream-tweeting at Fox Information and sending his mask-less gargoyle lawyer [Rudy Giuliani] to spray Covid spittle on native elected officers whereas using shotgun with witnesses too loony for the Joker.”
Trump additionally pressured the Georgia governor, Brian Kemp, by way of telephone, to convene a particular legislative session to override Georgia voters, “often known as ‘coup calling’”, mentioned Meyers. “If you happen to’re not calling this an tried coup, then what are you calling it? As a result of that’s what it’s. Simply because it’s a dumb, lazy coup that gained’t work doesn’t imply that it’s not nonetheless an tried coup.
“If Trump walked right into a financial institution with a Nerf gun sporting a masks of his personal face and mentioned ‘give me all of your cash’, we’d nonetheless name it an tried theft,” Meyers continued. “We wouldn’t be like, ‘That’s simply Trump being Trump, simply give him a couple of bucks and ship him on his means.’”
“Nicely, I suppose he would,” Meyers added over a photograph of Mitch McConnell. So would Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham and a number of different congressional Republicans. “ what? It’s nonetheless not proper.”
On The Late Present, Stephen Colbert recapped “yet one more enormous blow to the president’s coup try” because the state of Georgia recertified its election outcomes, as soon as once more discovering a Biden victory after two recounts. “Nicely, just like the saying goes: third time’s the identical as the primary and the second time, solely way more humiliating,” Colbert mentioned. “However don’t really feel overlooked, Mr President – Biden could have gained the Peach state, however you bought impeached, and that can by no means go away.”
The third recount landed days after Trump once more tried to thwart the election within the state with the telephone name to Brian Kemp. “I’m gonna say it is a tough time for these which have been insisting that he’s not actually an autocrat,” mentioned Colbert.
“As a result of let’s be clear right here: should you throw out the votes, that’s the top of democracy,” he added. “It’s a brief stroll from ‘do us a favor, although’, to ‘make me Mussolini, bro.’”
And on the Each day Present, Trevor Noah checked in on the Georgia runoff elections, which can decide management of the US Senate. The GOP has banked on Trump’s assist in campaigning for Loeffler and Perdue, and he lastly arrived within the state over the weekend for a Covid-unsafe rally during which he spouted off about, of all issues, cucumbers. “Trump doesn’t care any extra,” mentioned Noah. “He’ll simply say no matter pops into his thoughts now.
“Clearly Donald Trump is just going to be of restricted assist,” he added. “However the GOP senators haven’t been capable of assist themselves.” Each Republican candidates are in sizzling water over massive inventory trades made in the course of the pandemic. Requested in a debate final week whether or not US senators needs to be allowed to commerce shares, Loeffler – or, as Noah known as her, “robotic Ann Coulter” – deflected with a obscure tirade towards assaults on the American dream. “You gotta love how shady wealthy individuals all the time attempt to act like attacking them is attacking everyone,” Noah commented. “‘If you happen to take away my helicopter parking spot, you’re taking helicopter parking spots away from everyone on this nation!’”
The shut races will most likely come right down to voter turnout, Noah continued, which is a potential drawback for the GOP, given Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud. “That’s proper, as a result of they indulged Donald Trump’s bullshit claims of fraud, Republicans may need suppressed their vote a lot that they might lose their Senate majority,” Noah mentioned. “In reality, you may say that Trump has put Republicans in fairly the pickle.”