“Even when they’re out of the White House, Trump’s aides can’t seem to stop lying,” the host of Late Night began his “Closer Look” segment on Friday. The former White House press secretary, in particular, “managed to pull off the rare feat of lying about lying” during an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America.
As shown in a clip, Spicer was asked if he ever lied to the American people. “I don’t think so,” he said, adding, “If you want to find something, I’ve not knowingly done anything to do that, no.”
“You never lied to the American people?” asked a perplexed Meyers. “Then what was that thing you did at the Emmys? Because remember, you came out and said this is the largest audience to witness the Emmys, period. That was a joke about when you lied about the size of the inauguration crowd — a joke that you told about the lie that you told.”
When Spicer rolled out on the Emmys stage for a bit with host Stephen Colbert, many criticized the moment as an attempt to “normalize” a man who spread lies during his time in the White House.
While “Spicer might think he’s gotten away with that lie,” Meyers continued, “even he can’t run away from the widening Russia investigation.” Reports suggest Spicer could be pulled into the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller, thanks to notebooks he maintained in his position.
However, in the ABC interview, Spicer became “a Magic 8 Ball with only one answer” by repeating, “I’m not going to discuss that issue at all.”
Watch Meyers on Spicer in the video above.