Seth Meyers stifles Donald Trump's "crooked polls" whining: "Just because you draw big crowds doesn't mean you're winning the election"

"If all you needed to win was a big crowd of people," Meyers said, "our next president would be Ikea on a Saturday"

By Brendan Gauthier
Published October 12, 2016 11:57AM (EDT)

"Late Night" host Seth Meyers on Tuesday took "A Closer Look" at what some have deemed a civil war within the Republican Party after several of its top figures withdrew their endorsements of presidential nominee Donald Trump in the wake of leaked audio of his predatory "locker-room talk" with NBC's Billy Bush in 2005.

"The poll numbers that have come out in the past few days don't look good for Trump, prompting many Republicans to abandon him and withdraw their endorsement," Meyers explained. "Trump has responded, meanwhile, with a slash-and-burn strategy designed to appeal to his loyal supporters, throwing the GOP — once again — into chaos."

Bloomberg Politics' John Heilemann on Sunday compared Trump's downward spiral to "pouring gasoline over his head and lighting himself on fire."

"That's ridiculous," Meyers responded. "Trump doesn't need to pour gasoline over his head. Just drop a flint in that nest of dry brush he calls a haircut."

Amid the backlash, Trump has returned to a familiar defense, telling rally-goers in Pennsylvania on Monday that "even the polls are crooked" because they don't reflect the amount of people at his rallies.

"Just because you draw big crowds doesn't mean you're winning the election," Meyers explained to him. "If all you needed to win was a big crowd of people, our next president would be Ikea on a Saturday."

"How can you possibly think everything is rigged against you?" he added. "You're a blowhard with a seventh-grade vocabulary who became a celebrity billionaire with a supermodel wife. Life isn't unfair to you; it's unfair for you."

Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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