Usually, when a politician starts talking about “law and order” what they mean is that they want to bring the crime rate down. That is to say, the number of crimes — murders, rapes, robberies — that are committed each day or even each year.
But according to a new segment from late-night host Seth Meyers, that’s not what Donald Trump is talking about at all when he references crime.
Instead, Meyers says, the fact that Trump is backing Roy Moore for the US Senate despite Moore being accused of molesting children means that he’s not all that concerned about crimes committed by his allies. Meyers points at Trump’s defense of disgraced former General Michael Flynn after he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, and even further back to Trump’s outright pre-sentencing pardon of convicted criminal Joe Arpaio, the former Sheriff of Maricopa County who racially profiled and ruined the lives of every brown person he could round up.
In an epic supercut of Trump’s campaign speeches, Meyers highlights multiple times that Trump conflates illegal immigration with crime — or refugees with crime, or black people with crime, or even his political opponents with crime — all while lying about statistics, motivations, and even basic facts.
But we all knew that Trump was a racist while he was campaigning and that he would pretty much constantly insist that brown and black people were criminals. He’s never let us down on that front. What we didn’t expect was the level of cognitive dissonance from Trump when it came to political opponents.
The biggest hypocrisy that Meyers outlines in this clip is that Trump specifically says voters should steer clear of Alabama Democratic candidate Doug Jones, who Trump calls “soft on crime.” Jones actually worked as a prosecutor, and successfully got convictions for the men responsible for the 1963 bombing of an Alabama church that killed four young black girls — not to mention all of the other convictions Jones prosecuted. Moore, on the other hand, was removed from the bench as a judge TWICE for refusing to follow the law himself.
Watch the segment here:
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