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Seth Meyers calls Trump government ‘incompetent authoritarians’

Seth Meyers took the gloves off last night.


Michelle Jaworski


Published Jan 31, 2017   Updated May 25, 2021, 2:33 am CDT

Seth Meyers took a deep dive looking back at the past few days since President Donald Trump passed an executive order banning Syrian refugees and residents and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries. 

Meyers examined the implications and stakes of what will likely turn into a lengthy legal battle. He called the action “not only cruel and unnecessary but very poorly thought out.” Meyers cited the mass chaos at airports across the country as employees went to enact the ban—some with little clarification of what they were supposed to be doing—and the hundreds of passengers were held for hours on end. That included an Iraqi interpreter for the U.S. military legally allowed to come to the country, young children, and the elderly.

Trump is already facing legal roadblocks for the executive order. His attempts to reframe the travel ban as non-discriminatory have also been heavily criticized in light Trump’s claim that he would prioritize Christians after the initial period and Rudy Giuliani’s own admission that the executive order was a “Muslim ban” and that the committee behind the law to create a ban on a “factual basis, not a religious basis.” 

Meyers had harsh words for the Trump administration, which hasn’t even been in office for two weeks:

“It’s only been a week, but the Trump administration has already revealed itself to be a government of incompetent authoritarians with nothing but contempt for many of the basic constitutional principles this country’s cherished since its founding.” 

H/T The Daily Beast

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*First Published: Jan 31, 2017, 9:02 am CST