MANCHESTER, NH — New Hampshire’s home-grown late night talk show host and funny man, Seth Meyers, has not shied away from joining the chorus of comedic voices jabbing at president-elect Donald Trump.
On Dec. 20 Meyers introduced a new segment on his nightly NBC show, Tweetin’ with the Prez, where he will be weighing in on Trump’s social media stylings.
Trump has been a notorious Tweeter throughout the protracted campaign season, right through the election process, leveraging the attention he gets from more than 17 million followers.
He’s been under a lot of scrutiny, now that he’s president-elect, as Trump consistently foregoes the conventions of the office by eliminating the media middlemen and delivering White House news and personal commentary on international affairs, unfiltered, via the 140-character social media platform.
No word if Trump will have the same unfiltered presence once he officially inherits the @POTUS Twitter handle, come January.
But in the meantime, he’s providing plenty of fodder for Meyers.
“We’re about to enter an era where our president can bypass the press directly and spread lies and conspiracy theories unfiltered, through his Twitter account. For example, the incoming chief of staff, Reince Preibus, recently suggested that Trump might completely scrap the traditional daily press briefings the White House does with reporters, saying that they are “boring episodes.”
“Boring episodes? This country needs boring episodes right now. These last 18 months have been so insane it’s like a season of Game of Thrones where every episode is the Battle of the Bastards,” Meyers said.
Meyers goes on about just how little official contact Trump has had with the press, before scrolling through some of Trump’s latest mini-missives, including one of his more notorious grammatical faux pas of late: Using the word “unpresidented” on the topic of a military move by China involving a U.S. drone, where in context, Trump should have used the word “unprecedented.”
“Unpresidented isn’t a word, of course, but it would be a great title for a movie about Hillary Clinton: She was inevitable until she became… unpresidented,” quipped Meyers.
In another jab, Meyers pokes at Trump’s stilted, often mono-syllabic Twitter posts, saying and it’s “like he’s interpreting them from a border collie: ‘What’s that, girl? Way down? Big trouble? Dead? Mine collapse? Worker trapped? Call the sheriff! Go!’”
If nothing else, it’s clear Trump’s presidency will provide endless material for comedians across the board. The bits, although obviously meant to get laughs, double as pointed political commentary, including Alec Baldwin’s recurring role on Saturday Night Live as Trump, which has made Baldwin a target of angry Trump Tweets.
And that’s a great feeder system for Meyers’ new segment.