In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump famously told voters – and repeatedly – how he surrounded himself with “The best people. For the next five years, Americans watched Trump and many of his closest colleagues were. investigated, arrested and even imprisoned. Seth Meyers, for his part, is not surprised.
Meyers devoted Monday night’s “A Closer Look” segment to the MAGA crime family, paying particular attention to Matt Gaetz, Joel Greenberg and Rudy Giuliani. He kicked off the segment by noting the number of Trump associates or adjacent to Trump who have stumbled into legal issues in recent years:
“It may be a coincidence, but the MAGA crowd seems to contain a lot of criminals. I don’t mean to generalize, but there are more criminals – or suspected criminals – in Trump’s inner circle than there are in a motorcycle gang or an APP meeting in Hollywood.
The fact that so many of Trump’s associates have been arrested, jailed, and / or sentenced (with or without pardon) is a testament to the fact that they might not be very good at crime. Case in point: Greenberg, Gaetz’s longtime friend and so-called “wingman” who was in court on Monday and pleaded guilty to six federal counts, including sex trafficking of a minor. As part of Greenberg’s plea deal, he promised to cooperate fully with the prosecution. This, of course, is bad news for Gaetz, the Florida congressman who is already at the center of a handful of sex allegations and scandals – the latest being that he Coke snorted with escort at wild party after pro-Trump rally in 2019, where Nestor’s dad swelled the crowd with a speech.
Greenberg, of course, was the recipient of those Gaetz late-night Venmo transactions in 2018 – the one where Gaetz sent Greenberg $ 900 and Greenberg then sent the exact same amount of money to a trio of young women using “Tuition” and “School” as the explanations of the money. “It would have been less suspicious to just use a bunch of eggplant emojis,” Meyers said unmoved.
But Gaetz wasn’t Meyers’ only target: In addition to pointing at Paul Manafort and Roger Stone, Meyers turned his attention to one of his favorite nincompoops, Rudy Giuliani. According to Meyers, who never missed an opportunity to pop his impression of Rudy, Trump ignored Giuliani’s requests for help as he was under FBI investigation for his shady Ukraine shenanigans. The former president is under pressure to “hang Giuliani to dry in his hour of need”. Meyers had a few thoughts on this:
“If anyone needs time to dry off, it’s Rudy Giuliani. He still looks like he fell in the city aquarium and squirted with squid ink. Second, I imagine that every hour of Rudy’s life is an hour of need. The guy calls the reporters, got tricked by Borat and doesn’t know the difference between up and down. (This clip, at 5:43 am, is worth watching while repeating.)
According to Meyers, if Giuliani is truly surprised that Trump is not by his side, it is on Rudy. “What did Rudy think was going to happen?” His client has a reputation for not paying his bills and getting everyone around him excited.
Giuliani reportedly asked Trump to issue a “heavily worded” statement confirming that Rudy’s interactions with Ukrainian officials were all on the rise and on behalf of the then president – which Trump is reluctant to do. “Rudy is like a hitman who thinks it will help his case if the guy who hired him talks to the cops,” Meyers said.
You can watch the full segment above.