Seth Meyers took Donald Trump to task for the coarse language he used while railing against NFL players who protest during the national anthem — and then returned the favor by highlighting one player’s profane tweet about the president.
During Monday’s episode of Late Night, Meyers played a clip of Trump’s now-infamous remark, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out, you’re fired.’”
Responding to the clip, Meyers called Trump “our first NC-17 president. And it’s not even a good NC-17 movie. Trump is basically the Showgirls of presidents.”
Further criticizing Trump’s weekend of feuding with NFL and NBA athletes, Meyers said, “There were so many memorable responses to the president’s comments this weekend, but if you were angry and frustrated, you might have found some catharsis in this tweet from Buffalo Bills running back Lesean McCoy, who wrote, ‘It’s really sad man … our president is an a—hole.’”
Meyers continued, “I have to say, the most devestating part of that is the ellipsis. You can almost see McCoy tenting his fingertips and going, ‘Hmm, how shall I put this? Ah I know, accurately.’”
Elsewhere in the segment, Meyers was joined by Late Night writer Amber Ruffin, who refuted Trump’s claims that his attacks on protesting players have “nothing to do with race.”
“This is about racial inequality,” she said. “Look, if you have a problem with black people loudly protesting and silently protesting, then what you have a problem with is black people. What is your ideal form of black protest? Write down our complaints, put them in a bottle, and throw it in the f—ing ocean?”
Ruffin added, “Let me be clear about what is happening here: Trump is trying to make sure to let black people know that if we don’t fall in line, we will be punished. Well guess what? If slavery didn’t break us, this idiot certainly can’t — you raggedy fool.”
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