Seth Meyers used Thanksgiving eve to mock Donald Trump’s cabinet picks and compare the president-elect to Richard Nixon.
“Trump’s early personnel choices have received glowing reviews from white nationalists, who are psyched,” Meyers said, before referencing a CNN report that compared the response to the appointments of people like Jeff Sessions to being “like Christmas” for the alt-right.
“It is kind of like Christmas: the day a Middle Eastern was denied access to a hotel and basic health care,” Meyers said.
Meyers also dinged Trump for some other picks, including Rick Perry, who is reportedly being considered for Energy Secretary. In 2012, Perry said if he were president, the Department of Energy was one of the government offices he wanted to disband — but later Perry couldn’t name the Department of Energy when asked about it during a debate. Meyers trashed Perry for that mistake, and also his recent television appearance on Dancing With the Stars.
“But really the best part of Rick Perry being considered for a cabinet post, is that he was also a contestant this season on Dancing With the Stars. And on Tuesday, the same man who might run our Department of Energy, DJ’d for Vanilla Ice,” he said, before showing video of Perry’s appearance and a still photo of the former Texas governor with Vanilla Ice. “It’s Vanilla Twice. Rick Perry looks like he should be secretary of energy drinks,” Meyers joked.
As for Trump himself, Meyers continued to hit the president-elect for his conflicts of interest, and focused on something he told the New York Times during a highly publicized meeting on Tuesday.
“He continues to insist that everything is fine,” Meyers said, before quoting the president-elect. “As far as the, you know, potential conflict of interests, though, I mean I know that from the standpoint, the law is totally on my side, meaning, the president can’t have a conflict of interest.”
Meyers then played footage from President Richard Nixon’s famous interview with David Frost. “Well, when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal,” Nixon said at the time.
“Trump and Nixon: just a couple of tricky dicks,” Meyers said.