It’s been a bad week for the Donald Trump presidential campaign, with the recently-released tape of demeaning sexist comments followed by multiple women accusing the Republican candidate of groping and kissing them without consent. (Claims Trump has denied.) Nevertheless, Trump’s staunchest supporters have stood by him throughout. On Thursday night, Seth Meyers examined the increasingly desperate defenses of Trump’s behavior.
For instance: Ben Carson said the real problem was that women didn’t hear comments like Trump’s any more; Betsy McCaughey recited Beyoncé lyrics on CNN for some reason; and Mike Huckabee (incorrectly) compared Trump and opponent Hillary Clinton to Captain Quint and the shark from Jaws. Meyers was having none of it.
“This week of revelations about Trump’s predatory behavior pulled the curtain back on the moral cowardice of many in the Republican Party,” Meyers said. “Trump supporters and his enablers in the GOP will go to virtually any lengths to dismiss or excuse his worst behavior.”
Worst of all, Meyers noted that the most common defense of Trump has been to get suspicious about the timing of these new allegations.
“When people ask why women wait to report sexual assault: That’s why. Because instead of believing them, you question their motives,” Meyers said with barely-concealed rage. “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.”
Watch the clip below.