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

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

-Hey, everybody. Welcome to “Late Night”
Casual Thursday. [ Laughter ] So, we were planning
on doing our show tonight and then, on Monday,
we were gonna start doing shows without 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 know when we are gonna start
doing shows again. But, we had written
“A Closer Look” last night and the “Closer Look” is about everything that’s
happening right now and, 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 night about 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 pandemic and 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 experts to convey the severity
of what’s happening without sounding hysterical. It’s like being the one person
in a horror movie who 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 us that we’re failing badly and those are the people
we need to listen to. For example, one said today
“the lack of testing in the United States
is a debacle,” and another said, “This is
an unmitigated disaster that 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 early to watch the president’s
address to the nation at 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 moments before the president addressed
a worried nation from 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 wrote a sequel called
“Baby Got Prozac.” [ Laughter and ohs ]
Also, if we’re encouraging people
to avoid large crowds, I’m not sure
it’s the right message to promote a song
by someone named Mix-a-Lot. [ Laughter ]
If anything, you should Cardi 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 was that the president
immediately followed it up by 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 moment when C-SPAN forgot
to turn the feed off and we got to see a rare glimpse of the president
after his speech was over. Now, during the speech,
you could see just how hard Trump
was straining to read the teleprompter
and strike a somber tone. I mean, look at him. He looks like a long-haul
trucker blastin’ the radio and slappin’ himself
in the face to stay awake. [ Laughter ]
If you walked in
on your teenage son and 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 grimace in a desperate attempt
to project strength amid 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 speech the 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 attacked by 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 Trump dropping 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 eyes and 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 speech without 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 counting and continuing to take
these tough measures — -I’m starting
to think the president might 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 it through 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 case where 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 glasses Jerry’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 you to 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 someone and you high-five them because 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 said multiple things in his speech that 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 clarifications after the speech,
walking back what Trump said. -We will be suspending
all travel from Europe to the United States
for the next 30 days and these prohibitions
will not only apply to 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 people who are adequately screened will be excepted from that,
and something about cargo. I’m not exactly —
It wasn’t clear. -Within the past hour,
the acting deputy secretary of Homeland Security
posted a tweet saying the travel restrictions don’t
apply to American citizens or legal permanent residents
or their families, which makes it difficult
to exactly see how this will prevent
the spread of the virus. Also, the White House
issued a clarification, saying the president misspoke and the ban does not apply
to cargo, either. -My god, this is an address
to the nation from the Oval Office
and they’re backpedaling like 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’ us this 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 walls around each and every American. Trump also called the pandemic
a foreign virus in his speech. It’s all part
of a racist playbook Trump has picked up
from the right-wing media and it’s no surprise,
since the speech was written by 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 reminder that racism is
a terrible moisturizer. [ Laughter ] Anyway, Miller and his ilk
in the conservative media have been doing
everything they can to paint the virus
as somehow foreign and specifically
associating it with China. -This is the most aggressive
and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus
in modern history. -When it comes to this problem
that the country is facing with 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 way to 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 happening out 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 apology from China? Is that gonna
make you feel better? You want them to send you
a Fudgie the Whale that 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 thing to reflect the country
where it started, then we should probably rename
the KFC Double Down the American
Heart Attack Sandwich. [ Laughter ]
Not only is this racist, but it’s also not gonna stop
the virus from spreading here because that’s
already happening. What we’re seeing right now is what experts call
exponential growth. We saw it in Italy,
where the entire country is on lockdown right now
and experts say we’re basically on the same trajectory as Italy,
which is currently in the midst of a public massive
health crisis and has resulted in 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, following almost 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 severity of its national lockdown,
ordering a halt to ‘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 Italians aren’t making the best
of the situation, think again. In fact, they’re offering us
some valuable lessons on how to make it
through the crisis and keep your spirits up,
at the same time. Here’s video of a Roman man
wearing a costume designed to 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 be a-vice president? [ Laughter ] Okay…ah. [ Applause ] [ Laughter ]
In fact, the outbreak
has already had a 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 California has been postponed. -In Washington,
the National Cathedral will be closing
for at least two weeks. -California, Oregon,
Washington State have 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 season until further notice, upon the completion
of tonight’s games. -Wow. The NBA is suspending
all games indefinitely. That’s insane. It is terrible news for NBA fans and every team, except the Knicks. [ Laughter ] [gruffly]
The losing stops tonight! [ Laughter ] Now, we’re obviously
wishing the best to Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and anyone who comes
in contact with or is vulnerable
to this pandemic, but last night, on MSNBC, President Obama’s
former Ebola czar, Ron Klain, said the Hanks story
is especially revealing because they were actually
in Australia when 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 tested if they flew to Australia, just like they’d have better
odds of being whisked away on a romantic adventure
with a charismatic crocodile 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 Americans who are about to face personal
and economic hardships because of this pandemic. Millions of people are without paid sick leave
and health insurance, and layoffs
and workplace closures could leave working people
struggling to make ends meet. We should be providing
those people with immediate and direct help. Instead, as of this moment,
the Trump administration is still moving forward
with a truly sadistic plan to kick 700,000 people
off food stamps, right as a global pandemic
tanks the world economy. -The president has a plan to cut 700,000 people
off of food stamps, low-income people. And they said,
“Do you still plan to cut them off of food stamps
on April 1st, when those are the very people
who are going to be losing 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 lie or 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 there to please stay safe,
stay healthy. Let’s not try to panic and let’s try to be there
for everybody. We love you all.
Thank you for watching. [ Applause ]

100 thoughts on “Trump Addresses the Nation on the Coronavirus Pandemic: A Closer Look

  1. Trump's travel ban: So Americans can come back and cargo can get in and the English and Irish can get in, but Muslims and Mexicans will have to stay in Europe. This would be a good time to NOT be dealing with Crazy Uncle's racism.

  2. What we need to do is stop destroying the environment and polluting this planet. If we continue to do so. The human race will be no longer. Another new virus will be born in a couple of years and it might kill us all. Wake up People! Look how fast this one spread around the world. We had Sars, Bird Flu, Swine Flu, and a Ebola scare. Now we have the Coronavirus. Do you see the pattern? Wake up!

  3. I guess stupid and evil are a bad combination for a president. Hopefully we have all learned something from this.


  5. I'm glad we have you to watch! Rest assured, thanks to YouTube, we have been out here in your biggest audience, chuckling and even LOL many times. I wonder if Stephen's writers can do as well as yours…!

  6. Your constant willingness to see racism at any cost in everything the right does or says even when they are merely stating facts is as idiotic as the right’s tendency to state facts at any cost when they can allow them to sound conveniently racist.

  7. What about them good ol’ days now? A poultrie breeder from US was subject 1 in the Spanish flue, which had a mortality rate about 10%, And left more than 100.000.000 dead. Nobody called that a USA virus, Even though subject Nr1 was American, US citizen it was called the Spanish flue. To say its a «Chinese» virus just reveals the lack of knowledge, And ignorance, whilst trying to capitalize, politically on a human disaster.

  8. How about you talk about the Pandemic bond that was taken out in 2017 by the WHO, and it matures in July 2020 and if no pandemic is claimed it has to be paid back.. These elites are playing with our lives becuase they cant pay a debt back. You are propaganda. And part of the problem.

  9. Thank goodness we have honest people like you who are not afraid to question our unbelievable President and his yes men. Praying for the health of people around the world. Perhaps we will all learn to pay attention to science in the future.

  10. It would be nice to live in a country where the leader cares about the health and safety of it's people.

    but I live in America

  11. Wait! Why no more shows? Just run with your crew and no audience. I guess maybe the crowd reaction will be missing?

  12. I truly wish Trump would catch the virus. I don't want him DEAD, mind you, but it would be nice if he suffered from some massive diarrhea and the White House wasn't able to buy any extra toilet paper at the local Costco because it's sold out.

  13. lets face a fact, italy has universal health care, a promising cure for arthritis is currently being tested and provided free of charge around the country to mitigate Covid19 pneumonia, the ICU beds ratio per 1000 people is 3 while the US has 2.4 per 1000, tests are free and they've enforced a quasi militaristic limited circulation of people, still 12000 cases, this is going to hit the US so hard they won't even know what happened till is too late

  14. Go trump! At least he is doing something instead of pointing fingers and crying like all of you all the time focus people !

  15. Plot twist:
    An American pharmaceutical researcher contracted the virus travel to Wuhan on vacation and spreads the disease unknowingly!

    Otherwise how did someone in southern California who didn't travel or was in contact of anyone known who was infected! Its home grown, was it known and treated as a flu!

  16. Seriously, do the writers write the same jokes and platform as the Steven Colbert show or vise versa? I can watch either one and it would be the same show. Slight differences of course.

  17. I’m in Ireland now and an Italian style lockdown is days away . I have faith in the medics here as they are being honest with us and keeping us informed .

    However I fear dire things in the USA as your incompetent president is more interested in his image and playing golf . God help you all

  18. Oh man I will miss you so much!!! where am I going to get my daily dose of laughter??? Come back soon 🙁

  19. Do you ever have anything good to say about your president? Night after night. So biased and so boring. Its no longer funny

  20. the lack of audience laughs seemed to make me laugh out loud more… gutted I won't have you as part of my daily routine for a while Seth, hope to have you back soon.

  21. The pre-speech footage is better, deciding whether or not to have an effing book on his desk. Because that's important.

  22. Your president is a joke:-) the virus is already in US! So you stop Europeans to enter, and at the same time US citizens can travel, you can not make this up!!

  23. Thanks but man, idk how we will survive without you. I really depend on your videos. Can you just entertain us from home? I'll be happy to see u exploit and make fun of ur sons. 😢😁🙏

  24. Thanks to Trump's incompetence the Coronavirus will kill the poor and uneducated (his own voter base) and decimate the middle class (also part of his voter base). The rich can afford to not work (they already don't). They can afford medical testing (even if it *"isn't available here"*). They can afford treatment, but no yeah once November rolls around and your goldfish memory forgets about this as usual please do vote for Trump again a tRuE mAn Of ThE cOmMoN pEoPlE, he stands up for the little guy and Faux News says he cares about you.

  25. Please consider coordinating with your writers and doing these segments from home and post on Youtube. At this time, we need you more than ever!

  26. Lou Dobbs, I used to like you on CNN, I don't know who gave you the kool-aid but stop dying your hair. You look like a Cabbage Patch Grandparent Doll. Godspeed.

  27. I thought I was going insane and there was no way that was actually SARAH PALIN singing THAT song in THAT outfit that doesn't even have a mask on a show I thought was supposed to be targeted toward kids, but I still don't know what to do because where am I living and SARAH PALIN?!?!?!

  28. Please find a way to do the show in an emergency format. Do you think wee don't need to laugh now, more than ever?

  29. The Spanish flu (1918+/-) was born in the United States.
    Tell fox that The United States should apologize for that virus.

  30. if i am human … and have a senz of… need.. to eat provided my eating hiztory …now… i have oozsiblity to eat depends on avilablity of host ….. just it came on ….bla nla

  31. I mean they arent COMPLETELY wrong about the virus originated in China and being tracked to a biolab….BUT this is not a 'foreign' virus the is a GLOBAL virus. Trying to focus on the blame instead of a solution is asinine. He even said China is making progress is curing ppl but immediately it had to be shouted over "well they started it n havent apologized" which sounds like a 5yr old excuse

  32. Or you can call america the most racist country in the world…They still allow KKK and Neo nazi's to roam their streets and elect racist people to over see their government…

  33. Another perfect example of our maggot president and his scum administration. Really? He got Stephen Miller to write this speech? This speech? The last person on the planet to reassure the country that we arent' all going down the shitter while the government does nothing would be a nazi like Stephen Miller. He is probably overjoyed about the Corona virus if it gets rid of old people, children, and people with compromised immune systems. The only thing better for Miller would be if it could target immigrants, people of color, and puppies.

  34. Seth, get your team creative with how the show can continue through digital means. You can still interview guests from your set and they from their homes/offices/backyard fire pits (or ritual altars). Maybe? You can still record episodes of A Closer Look, etc. and broadcast them (live, even) through YouTube, etc. Maybe? Thanks for the levity. Peace.

  35. Trump thinks that he is a king not a president of a country. He thinks that whatever he says he wants people believe and people do whatever he asks her to say. it does not matter he is right or not, he want to be right. He lives in his Never Land, he lives in his fantasy.

  36. No joke, the mishandling of the virus by this administration is predicted to be so catastrophic that many of you have to REALLY look out for yourselves.


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