Seth Meyers On Trump’s Tax Returns: ‘I Think You’re Poor. I Think You Pretend To Be Rich’

Meyers isn't letting Trump off the hook about his taxes

It’s been a bad week and a half for Donald Trump. The fallout from his poor debate performance, the revelation that he may not have paid taxes in 18 years and new allegations of sexism while he was on The Apprentice have all dented his campaign. The Late Show’s Seth Meyers’ wasn’t going any easier on the GOP candidate.

“By the time last week ended, it had already been one of the worst weeks for any presidential candidate in history,” Meyers said. “You might think, ‘Who wants a president so irrational and unstable that he can’t stop himself from tweeting negative things about a Miss Universe winner at 3 am?’ Well, Trump tried to spin it as a positive.”

Meyers mocked Trump’s claim that he would be awake for the famous ‘3 am phone call’, saying Trump would be prepared ‘especially, if the call is, ‘Mr. President, it’s the North Koreans. They want your thoughts on Rosie O’Donnell.” Meyers mocked Trump for his repeated attacks on Alicia Machado and his suggestion that voters watch her non-existent sex tape.

Meyers then dealt with claims in the New York Times that Trump hasn’t paid taxes in nearly 20 years because of a huge business loss in 1995. While his surrogates praised him as a tax genius, Meyers wasn’t so sure. “But the people who invested in Trump’s companies might not agree,” Meyers said. “Because while Trump made roughly $45 million between 1995 and 2009 while the chairman or chief executive of his casino company, ordinary investors saw the value of their shares plunge to 17 cents from $35.50. Normally, to get that screwed you have to go into the casino. And then, at least they have the decency to give you free drinks.”

Finally, Meyers asked why Trump still won’t release his tax returns. Meyers wondered what could be worse than 18 years of tax avoidance. “I think you’re poor. I think you pretend to be rich, but you’ve been going around town for 18 months selling cheap hats. And you know what else I think? I think you’re only up at 3 in the morning because you have a second job answering customer service calls from India.”

You can watch the segment below.

Darragh Roche is Senior Editor and Political News Writer.
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