Bad News for ‘Trump-Adjacent Weirdos’ Delights Seth Meyers
Late-night talk show host Seth Meyers has made a name for himself by taking aim at the political figures and movements that he finds most objectionable. In recent years, this has included a particular focus on what he calls “Trump-adjacent weirdos” . These individuals, who range from conspiracy theorists to far-right extremists, have become a frequent target of Meyers’ monologues and segments.
One of the most notable examples of this phenomenon is the QAnon conspiracy theory, which posits that Trump is secretly fighting a global cabal of pedophiles and other nefarious actors. Meyers has been particularly vocal in his criticism of this movement, which he sees as both dangerous and absurd .
But it’s not just QAnon that Meyers has taken issue with. He has also gone after figures like Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow and a prominent Trump supporter. In a recent episode of his show, Meyers gleefully reported on the news that Lindell was facing a defamation suit over his claims of election fraud .
So why does Meyers focus so much on these “weirdos”? Some might argue that it’s simply a matter of easy targets – after all, it’s not hard to make fun of people who believe in outlandish conspiracy theories or spout off racist and sexist rhetoric. But there’s more to it than that.
For one thing, Meyers sees these figures as symptomatic of larger problems within American politics. As he noted in a recent monologue, “the Republican Party has become a cult of personality built around one man [Trump], and it’s not just him – it’s all the weirdos who have attached themselves to him like barnacles on a sinking ship” .
Moreover, Meyers believes that it’s important to call out these figures and movements for what they are – dangerous and harmful to the fabric of American democracy. By shining a light on their activities and beliefs, he hopes to encourage his viewers to take a more critical and skeptical approach to political discourse .
Of course, not everyone is a fan of Meyers’ approach. Some critics argue that he is simply preaching to the choir – that is, appealing to an audience that already shares his political views. Others have accused him of being overly partisan and unfair in his treatment of conservative figures .
But for Meyers, the bottom line is clear: he sees himself as a comedian, yes, but also as a citizen who cares deeply about the future of his country. And if that means taking on “Trump-adjacent weirdos” night after night, so be it.