Trump Addresses the Nation on the Coronavirus Pandemic: A Closer Look

Seth takes a closer look at President Trump’s address to the nation and the administration’s failed response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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-Hey, everybody.Welcome to "Late Night"
Casual Thursday.[ Laughter ]So, we were planning
on doing our show tonightand then, on Monday,
we were gonna start doing showswithout an audience,
but, basically,things are moving very fast —
I don't need to tell you that –and our guests,
with great reason,decided that they
didn't feel right,coming in and doing
the show tonight,so we decided to cancel it
and we don't knowwhen we are gonna start
doing shows again.But, we had written
"A Closer Look" last nightand the "Closer Look" is abouteverything that's
happening right nowand, really, the reason we're
gonna do this right now is that,once it's on the cards,
Wally makes us do it.[ Laughter ]So, here's the "Closer Look"
that was written last nightabout the president's address
to the nation…And, uh, yeah.Go to the next one, Wally.
Sorry I jumped ya….and the administration's
failed response to the pandemicand we thought we should go
ahead and do it, so,for more on this,
it's time for "A Closer Look."[ Suspenseful theme plays ]
[ Cheering and applause ]So, we're in this weird
moment, right now,where it's difficult for the
media and public health expertsto convey the severity
of what's happeningwithout sounding hysterical.It's like being the one person
in a horror moviewho knows they're
in a horror movie.Like all the sexy teens are
like, "Guys, I have an idea.Let's go skinny dipping in the
pool during the full Moon,"and then there's a doctor
in a lab coat standing there,screaming,
"Statistically speaking,this is werewolf time!"[ Laughter ]
Public health experts
are warning usthat we're failing badlyand those are the people
we need to listen to.For example, one said today
"the lack of testingin the United States
is a debacle,"and another said, "This is
an unmitigated disasterthat the administration has
brought upon the population,"and, on top of that,things just feel very surreal
and weird right now.Case in point: If you tuned in
a few minutes earlyto watch the president's
address to the nationat 9:00 pm last night and you
chose to watch it on Fox,you would've caught the tail end
of "The Masked Singer,"in which case, this is
what you would've seen momentsbefore the president addressed
a worried nationfrom the Oval Office.- I like big butts
and I cannot lie You other brothers
can't deny When a girl walk in
with an itty-bitty waist And a round thing
in your face You get sprung [ Laughter ]
-Yeah!Yeah, we're sprung.That is Sarah Palin singing
"Baby Got Back."That was so depressing,
Sir Mix-a-Lot immediately wrotea sequel called
"Baby Got Prozac."[ Laughter and ohs ]
Also, if we'reencouraging people
to avoid large crowds,I'm not sure
it's the right messageto promote a song
by someone named Mix-a-Lot.[ Laughter ]
If anything, you shouldCardi B Careful
and, if you feel sick,stay home like an Outkast.[ Laughter and applause ]
And, by the way,by the way, we also,
I should let you know,have a full audience tonight.[ Laughter and applause ][ Cheering ][ Laughter ]The weirdest thing
about that clip wasthat the president
immediately followed it upby giving his speech
as the Frog.[ Laughter ]
So that's what you saw,if you tuned in
to the speech early,but, if you watched it on C-SPAN
and stayed until the end,you might've seen
an equally weird momentwhen C-SPAN forgot
to turn the feed offand we got to see a rare glimpseof the president
after his speech was over.Now, during the speech,
you could seejust how hard Trump
was strainingto read the teleprompter
and strike a somber tone.I mean, look at him.He looks like a long-haul
trucker blastin' the radioand slappin' himself
in the face to stay awake.[ Laughter ]
If you walked in
on your teenage sonand his buddies in the basement
and their eyes looked like that,you'd immediately say, "Alright,
who brought the doobies?"[ Laughter ]
'Cause you'd be
an older generation.[ Laughter and applause ]He should be surrounded
by a cloud of pot smoke.So, Trump's face was frozen
in this bizarre, forced grimacein a desperate attempt
to project strengthamid his flailing response
to the pandemic.But then,
after the speech ended,C-SPAN forgot to cut the feed
and this happened.-We're clear.
-Okay.[sniff] Okay… [sigh][ Laughter ]
-Oh, man!He reacted to his speechthe way the rest of us
reacted to it."Okay…!
That was weird."[ Laughter ]
It's like if FDR had said,"Yesterday, December 7,
a day which will live in infamy,the United States was suddenly
and deliberately attackedby naval and air forced
of the empire of Japan.So, like that just happened."[ Laughter ]Also, it's so weird to see
a rare glimpse of Trumpdropping the act of pretending
to be a competent person.When he's trying
to act like a president,he tightens his face
and narrows his eyesand then, when he thinks
the cameras are off,he's like a grandpa unbuckling
his belt after a big meal.[as Trump] Okay!
[ Laughter ]Ohh! That Sizzler buffet
did not know what was coming.The relief on Trump's face
was palpable,probably because he struggled,
as usual,to squint his way through
a prepared teleprompter speechwithout screwing up,
and, yet, he repeatedly failed.Right off the bat,
for example,he had trouble reading
the word "continuing,"and, in his usual style,tried to pretend his mistake
was actually correct.-I am confident that by countingand continuing to take
these tough measures —I'm starting
to think the presidentmight be a maroon and a moron.[ Laughter ]You can't start a sentence
with the words "I am confident,"if you're not even confident
you can make itthrough the sentence
without screwing up.Seriously, dude,
just wear glasses.I know you don't wanna look
like an egghead,but don't worry.
No one will think you are smart.[ Laughter ]
This is one casewhere glasses won't fool anyone.No one's gonna see you
in glasses and think,"Whoa!
Who's that man of letters?"[ Laughter ]You should wear something
age-appropriate,like those old-man glassesJerry's dad wore on "Seinfeld";or a pair of glasses
with a chain around the neck,like you're playin' Mahjong.[ Laughter ]
Although, I'd never expect youto learn how to play Mahjong.[as Trump] I'm confused.
Is that your jong or my jong?[ Laughter ][ Fresh laughter and applause ]Now, look, if you're at home
right now with someoneand you high-five thembecause of how good
that joke was,[ Laughter ]
wash your hands.[ Fresh laughter ]So that did not
inspire confidence,but, worse than that
was the fact that Trump saidmultiple things in his speechthat tuirned out to be
flat-out wriong.And I'm not just talking
about the usual stuff,like the fact
that he lies nonstop.I mean he got
his own policies wrong,forcing the White House to issue
several clarificationsafter the speech,
walking back what Trump said.-We will be suspending
all travelfrom Europe to the United States
for the next 30 daysand these prohibitions
will not only applyto the tremendous amount
of trade and cargo,but various other things,
as we get approval.-He said there will be
exceptions.He didn't spell them out,but he talked about peoplewho are adequately screenedwill be excepted from that,
and something about cargo.I'm not exactly —
It wasn't clear.-Within the past hour,
the acting deputy secretaryof Homeland Security
posted a tweet sayingthe travel restrictions don't
apply to American citizensor legal permanent residents
or their families,which makes it difficult
to exactly seehow this will prevent
the spread of the virus.Also, the White House
issued a clarification,saying the president misspokeand the ban does not apply
to cargo, either.-My god, this is an address
to the nationfrom the Oval Office
and they're backpedalinglike a husband who accidentally
called his wife's friend hot."No, honey, I-I think
Janet's ugly.I-I just meant she has
no air-conditioning."[ Laughter ]
So Trump got the one big
announcement from this speech,about banning travel
from Europe, wrong.That was the biggest part.That would've been like
Sarah Palin rapping,"I like flat butts."[ Laughter ]Can you imagine Donald Trump
tryin' to spit bars like that?[as Trump]
I like big boats And big butts [ Laughter ]Also, public health experts
are tellin' usthis idea of banning travel
from Europe makes no sense.I mean, you do know the virus
is already here, right?There were already
over 1,200 cases in the U.S.,as Trump was speaking,and that's with hardly
anyone being tested.Do you not know that?Are you two weeks behind
on your DVR?[as Trump] I can't wait
to ctach up on "Bachelor."Peter's mom, Barb,
seems like a real chill lady.[ Laughter ]Look, man,
you can't build a wall –I had somebody who told me that
it was a joke that made sense.[ Laughter ]Look, man, you can't build
a wall to keep out a virus,unless you're willing
to build 300 million wallsaround each and every American.Trump also called the pandemic
a foreign virus in his speech.It's all part
of a racist playbookTrump has picked up
from the right-wing mediaand it's no surprise,
since the speech was writtenby everybody's favorite
horror movie lab assistant,Stephen Miller.[ Thunder crashes ][ Laughter ]By the way,
and appropo of nothing,he's one year younger
than Katy Perry.[ Laughter and applause ]Just a thing.That's just a reminderthat racism is
a terrible moisturizer.[ Laughter ]Anyway, Miller and his ilk
in the conservative mediahave been doing
everything they canto paint the virus
as somehow foreignand specifically
associating it with China.-This is the most aggressive
and comprehensive effortto confront a foreign virus
in modern history.-When it comes to this problem
that the country is facingwith Chinese corona—They've been working
on this Chinese coronavuirus.-The Chinese coronavuirus.-The Chinese
coronavuirus.-The Chinese coronavuirus.-We call it a Chinese virus,
or the Wuhan virus.-You called it the Wuhan virus.-And I haven't —
That's an accurate wayto depict
where it's coming from.-We should probably call it
the Wuhan virus,so that they get full credit.-The most encouraging things
are actually happeningout of China,
who started this whole thing.-Their measures at containing it
have actually worked.-Even though they started it,
and have yet to apologize.-Oh, I'm sorry, Brian,
are you waiting on an apologyfrom China? Is that gonna
make you feel better?You want them to send you
a Fudgie the Whalethat says,
"Sorry about the virus"?[ Laughter ]
Here's an easy tip to follow
during this pandemic:Don't be racist.
Also, don't be dumb.If we're gonna start changing
the names of every bad thingto reflect the country
where it started,then we should probably rename
the KFC Double Downthe American
Heart Attack Sandwich.[ Laughter ]
Not only is this racist,but it's also not gonna stop
the virus from spreading herebecause that's
already happening.What we're seeing right nowis what experts call
exponential growth.We saw it in Italy,
where the entire country ison lockdown right now
and experts say we're basicallyon the same trajectory as Italy,
which is currentlyin the midst of a public massive
health crisis and has resultedin them shutting down almost
every store in the country.-January 31st, Italy had
two people known to be infected.WIthin a week, February 6th,
that had risen to three people.Two weeks after that,
they were up to 17 people.Three days later,
byu February 24th,219 people.Four days later,
February 28th, 821 cases.Just over a week later,
March 6th, 3,916 cases.Four days later,
as of yesterday,it's 10,149 cases.That's yesterday.Today it's up: 12,462 cases.-In the U.S., four weeks
ago, we had 15 cases.Just over a week ago,
we had 100 cases.Today we have over 1,200 cases.-The U.S. is,
right now, followingalmost the exact same
trajectory, just a week behind.-Italy has locked down
the entire country.Halted all commercial activity.Just a quote here:"Italy, on Wednesday,ramped up the severityof its national lockdown,
ordering a haltto 'nearly all
commercial activity,'aside from supermarkets
and pharmacies."-Damn. Can you imagine every
store in America being empty?If you can't, just picture
any CVS at 4:00 pm."Hello!
Does anybody work here?!"[ Laughter ]"Excuse me!
You, in the CVS coat!"[ Laughter ]But, lest you think Italiansaren't making the best
of the situation, think again.In fact, they're offering us
some valuable lessonson how to make it
through the crisisand keep your spirits up,
at the same time.Here's video of a Roman man
wearing a costume designedto keep people at least
one meter away from him,[ Laughter ]
to prevent the spread
of disease.Amazing. He looks like he's
playing Saturn in a school play.[ Laughter ]
Forget Sarah Palin.That guy should be
on "The Masked Singer."[Italian accent] Before I sing,
I have a question.The lady with the glasses,
she was gonna bea-vice president?[ Laughter ]Okay…ah.[ Applause ][ Laughter ]
In fact, the outbreak
has already hada major impact on virtually
every aspect of society,from sports to travel,
to Hollywood.-Movie stars are not immune
from the coronavirus.Actor Tom Hanks has revealed
that he now has the virus,along with his wife,
Rita Wilson.-The annual Coachella
music festival in Californiahas been postponed.-In Washington,
the National Cathedralwill be closing
for at least two weeks.-California, Oregon,
Washington Statehave now banned gatherings
of more than 250 people.-Here, the city of new York,
the St. Patrick's Day Parade,which sees millions
of spectators every year,is canceled this year.-United States
Senator Maria Cantwell,who represents the state
of Washington,a member of her staff has tested
positive for the coronavirus.-The NBA announcing they are
suspending their seasonuntil further notice,upon the completion
of tonight's games.-Wow. The NBA is suspending
all games indefinitely.That's insane.It is terrible newsfor NBA fans and every team,except the Knicks.[ Laughter ][gruffly]
The losing stops tonight![ Laughter ]Now, we're obviously
wishing the bestto Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson,and anyone who comes
in contact withor is vulnerable
to this pandemic,but last night, on MSNBC,President Obama's
former Ebola czar, Ron Klain,said the Hanks story
is especially revealingbecause they were actually
in Australiawhen they were tested.If they had been here,
instead,thanks to the testing debacle
we're experiencing in the U.S.,they might not have been able
to get tested at all.-The president talked tough
on travel and, in the meantime,we weren't getting ready
on testing.We had warning
that this was coming,in the kind of numbers
it's coming,and we're still sitting here,having a conversation
about testing.Tom Hanks got tested
'cause he was in Australia.If Tom Hanks was in New York,it would be almost impossible
for him to get tested.-That's insane.Americans would have better odds
of getting testedif they flew to Australia,just like they'd have better
odds of being whisked awayon a romantic adventure
with a charismaticcrocodile hunter in the Outback.[ Laughter ]This is what Trump should've
been focused on in his speech:massively ramping up testing,surging the capacity
of our healthcare system,and taking care of the millions
of vulnerable Americanswho are about to face personal
and economic hardshipsbecause of this pandemic.Millions of people arewithout paid sick leave
and health insurance,and layoffs
and workplace closurescould leave working people
struggling to make ends meet.We should be providing
those peoplewith immediate and direct help.Instead, as of this moment,
the Trump administrationis still moving forward
with a truly sadistic planto kick 700,000 people
off food stamps,right as a global pandemic
tanks the world economy.-The president has a planto cut 700,000 people
off of food stamps,low-income people.And they said,
"Do you still planto cut them off of food stamps
on April 1st,when those are the very people
who are going to belosing their jobs?"
And they say yes,they do intend to cut them
off of food stamps.-My hod, now, he's kickin'
people off of food stamps.He's like a villain
from a Charles Dickens novel.What;s he gonna do next,
take away Tiny Tim's crutches?[as Trump]
I need those to stand up,or I'll fall flat on my face.[ Laughter ]All jokes aside,
he's a terrible person.[ Laughter ]
Our government
is massively failing.I said, "All jokes aside."[ Laughter ]Our government
is massively failing us,at a time when the nation
is looking for guidance,so, now, it's up to the media,
public health officials,workplaces, and individuals
to take this seriously,practice caution, and lead
where the president is failing.And, whenever Trump
decides to lieor blurt out something dumb,we all just have
to shrug it off and say…-[sniff] Okay… [sigh][ Laughter ]
-This has been "A Closer Look."
[ Cheering and applause ]So, like I said, everybody,we do not know
when we're gonna be back.We would just ask all
of you out thereto please stay safe,
stay healthy.Let's not try to panicand let's try to be there
for everybody.We love you all.
Thank you for watching.[ Applause ]

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