Seth Meyers blasted President Donald Trump for the "unhinged comments" he made over the weekend about the Middle Eastern country of Iran during his "Closer Look" segment on Monday night. Trump's antagonistic tweet, which was written in all caps and appeared to threaten war, was fired off in the wake of President Hassan Rouhani's strongly-worded address to diplomats gathered in Iran's capital city.
"America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars," Rouhani said, according to NPR.
As midnight approached on Sunday, Trump responded to Rouhani with a pointed warning of his own via his preferred communication tool: Twitter.
"Naturally, Trump has decided the appropriate response is to threaten a war with Iran," Meyers said, before reading the president’s threat against Rouhani aloud.
Trump wrote on Twitter: "To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!"
To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018
"Wow, you can take the crazy old man out of Queens, but you can’t make him stop yelling at foreigners," Meyers deadpanned. "Also, you don’t get to say be cautious when you’re tweeting in all caps. That’s like a British person screaming at the top of their lungs: 'Keep calm, and carry on! We’re all going to die!'"
Meyers, who was not phased by the tweet, described the president's threat as the "latest in a series of unhinged comments over the weekend."
"Since the start of his presidency, Trump has also nursed the paranoid fantasy that the FBI and the Democrats were spying on him," Meyers added.
The late-night host then referenced Trump's Sunday assertion that his campaign "was illegally being spied upon (surveillance) for the political gain of Crooked Hillary Clinton and the DNC."
Looking more & more like the Trump Campaign for President was illegally being spied upon (surveillance) for the political gain of Crooked Hillary Clinton and the DNC. Ask her how that worked out - she did better with Crazy Bernie. Republicans must get tough now. An illegal Scam!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2018
"Trump's obsession with being secretly taped is not new," Meyers reminded his viewers. "It's something he's been fixated on throughout his presidency – like when he falsely accused President Obama of having his wires tapped."
Given the president's paranoia – and his determination to continue promoting the unsubstantiated claim that he has been surveilled without his knowledge – Meyers wondered if "it's almost like he got secretly taped at some point, and waiting for that tape to come out is slowly driving him insane."
Despite Trump's best efforts to not think about the alleged "pee tape," "for whatever reason, every time he pees he can't get it out of his mind," Meyers claimed.
Meyers conceded that it turns out that Trump's obsession of being secretly tape was founded – although it was not by the FBI or Russia, but rather by his own personal attorney Michael Cohen.
"Trump has spent his entire presidency doing everything possible to evade both public oversight of his actions and his own intelligence agencies," Meyers concluded. "And, now, it turns out it was his own lawyer who secretly recorded him. And, I can't wait for that tape to be played in court."
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Rachel Leah is a culture writer for Salon. You can follow her on Twitter: @rachelkleah MORE FROM Rachel Leah
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