During Monday’s Closer Look segment devoted to the modern Republican Party’s “unquenchable thirst for embarrassment,” Seth Meyers broke down J.D. Vance’s senate campaign in Ohio (which has seen the venture capitalist and writer of “Hillbilly Elegy” become a Trump toady) and sharply focused on the Ron DeSantis stunt where he transported migrants to Martha’s Vineyard.
The stunt, said Meyers, was “designed exclusively to curry favor with Fox News” and ultimately backfired. “You gave rich liberals on Martha’s Vineyard something to feel self-righteous about,” said Meyers.
The host then did an impression of the mythical Martha’s Vineyard liberal DeSantis was really trying to stick it too: “I put on my Birkenstocks and loaded my Tesla with sandwiches and pitched in. I’m not saying I’m better than you, I’m proving it.” And besides, said Meyers: “Most of the liberals you hate left the Vineyard weeks ago – I should know, I’m one of them.”
“It’s important to make a distinction between the people who spend their summers on the island and people who live there year-round like the hardworking staff of the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, who rose to the occasion with the greatest sympathy,” Meyers was sure to note.
And after a very good joke about the crude map that DeSantis handed to the migrants showing the United States and how Trump would immediately be lost at sea, attempting to communicate with dolphins, Meyers boiled down the current Republican party’s tactics:
“The Republican Party is an institution built almost entirely around spectacles of cruelty and humiliation, and that’s how you know that they’re desperate – they’re resorting to horrific scare tactics and grotesque stunts in an effort to gin up yet another election year panic about the border. And by his own admission, Trump just pulls this stuff out…” – cue clip of Trump saying “my ass.”