Seth Meyers Tears Into Trump For Pretending to Care About the Opioid Crisis (Video)

Aside from a single context-free two-word tweet, Donald Trump managed to not make a whole lot of noise on Tuesday, leaving late night hosts without the sort of wealth of material they had on Monday with Trump’s comments about how he totally would have tried to take down that school shooter in Florida had he been there. And so on “Late Night,” host Seth Meyers took the opportunity to review a longer running issue: Trump’s response, or lack thereof, to the ongoing epidemic of opioid abuse.
“President Trump vowed to do everything in his power to fight the opioid epidemic, which takes the lives of 174 people each day, ravaging families and ripping communities apart. So what has Trump actually done to tackle this issue and who is he putting in charge of this task?” Meyers said as he introduced a segment dubbed “The Check In.” You can watch the full segment in the embed above
“America has about four percent of the world’s population but about 27 percent of the world’s drug overdose deaths. For now, opioid addiction is one of those uniquely American problems, like type 2 diabetes and adults wearing shirts with Disney characters on them,” he continued.
“Among other promises to fight the opioid epidemic, Trump said he would increase funding and give resources to states that needed it most right away, so how did that go?”
Meyers then cued up a montage of political commentators discussing how it has basically not gone at all. He included a clip from Fox News. “That’s what Trump watches to feel good about himself. That’s like if a kid tuned into “Mr. Rogers” and Mr. Rogers said, ‘News flash, snot nose, I don’t wanna be your neighbor.’”
Later, Meyers dug into the actual “concrete” plans the Trump administration had laid out for trying to figure out the crisis, like trying to tell everybody that drugs are bad.
“Ugh, we already tried this and it didn’t work, but of course that isn’t stopping Trump from trying,” Meyers said as the show played a clip of Trump claiming that “there is nothing desirable about drugs.”
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“The problem, of course,” Meyers then weighed in, “is that there is something desirable about drugs. They make you feel great. That’s why we have a huge problem with drug addiction and no problem at all with celery addiction! You never hear anyone saying, ‘Yo man, you got a stalk?’
“For years doctors and pharmaceutical companies pushed opioids for everything from root canals to a twisted ankle and everybody said ‘cool,’ because the drugs made them feel great. So I’ll ask you again, Mr. President, how do you prevent addiction?”
At this point Meyers played another clip of Trump talking about trying to convince the youths that drugs are bad. To which Meyers reminded us that that kind of message doesn’t work in America, the land of people eating Tide pods.
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Next, Meyers broke down exactly how Trump was messing up the situation by putting Kellyanne Conway in charge of fixing the problem while gutting the Office of National Drug Control Policy by cutting most of its budget and putting inexperienced legacy hires in place as administrators, like Rudy Giuliani’s son Andrew.
“Trump’s budget proposal did ask for additional funding to fight the opioid epidemic, and the justice department recently announced that it would go after manufacturers and distributors. Those are positive steps,” Meyers said as he was concluding the segment.
“But at the same time Trump is also trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act and slash Medicaid programs that already help people who are addicted. And that is, um, what’s the phrase I’m looking for?”
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Then part of one of the clips of Trump speaking ineffectually about the drug problem played again, with Trump saying: “No good, really bad.”

“The Simpsons” has an eerie knack for predicting the future, from Donald Trump’s presidency to U.S. beating Sweden for an Olympic gold medal in curling. Here are 14 times the long-running comedy series got it right. 

Lady Gaga 
On the episode “Lisa Goes Gaga,” Lady Gaga is shown suspended by cables flying over the audience at a concert. Well surprise, surprise because at the Super Bowl LI’s halftime show, Gaga descended from the stadium’s roof with suspension cables wearing pretty much the same outfit on her episode. 

2016 Nobel Prize Winner 
In a 2010 episode, Milhouse predicted that Bengt R. Holmstrom would win the Nobel Prize in Economics and, sure enough, in 2016 Holmstrom and Oliver Hart were announced as joint winners of the prize. 

Donald Trump Presidency 
Seventeen years ago in an episode titled “Bart to the Future,” Lisa becomes president after Donald Trump, apparently, ruined the economy. 


Siegfried and Roy Tiger Attack 
In 1993, an episode titled “$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling),” magicians in a Siegfried and Roy-like show got attacked by their trustworthy tiger.
In 2003, Roy was attacked by one of their white tigers during a live performance. He sustained injuries, but lived.


Arnold Palmer 
On the 28th season premiere, the satirical series made an Arnold Palmer joke… on the day that golfer Arnold Palmer died.
Homer Simpson tells his wife Marge that he plans to “Arnold Palmer” his pal Lenny.
“Arnold Palmer Lenny?” Marge responds. “You’re going to Arnold Palmer Lenny?”
He was of course referring to the lemonade and iced tea drink mixture — which was named after the golfer. 

Faulty Voting Machine 
During the 2012 elections, a voting machine proved faulty when votes cast for Barack Obama went to Mitt Romney instead.
In a 2008 episode, Homer Simpson went to the voting booths to cast a vote for Obama, but… his vote went to McCain instead. 

Higgs Boson 
In a 1998 episode, “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace,” Homer writes out an equation on a chalkboard which, if solved, “you get the mass of a Higgs boson that’s only a bit larger than the nano-mass of a Higgs boson actually is,” says Simon Singh, science author.

Horse Meat Scandal 
In 1994, an episode titled “Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song,” the lunch lady was seen reaching into a barrel labeled “assorted horse parts” and putting the meat into the school’s lunch pot.
In 2013, it was reported that traces of horse DNA was found in beef products across the UK. 


Guitar Hero 
The now basically extinct but once popular video game Guitar Hero was first released in 2005.
But in a 2002 “The Simpsons” episode, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards give Homer a jacket that has “guitar hero” printed on the back of it. 

The virtual reality game, Farmville, was all the craze in 2009 with people rushing home from work or school to tend to their farm.
In a 1998 episode, “The Simpsons” shows a scene were kids are excited to play in a yard work simulator. 

Old Beatles Letters 
In Season 2’s episode 18, “Brush With Greatness,” Ringo Starr from the Beatles is shown responding to fan letters while saying: “They took the time to write me, and I don’t care if it takes me another 20 years. I’m going to answer every one of them.”
Well, two women in England receivedto their fan mail form Sir Paul McCartney 50 years later. 

Smart Watches 
Sorry Apple, but “The Simpsons” had smart watches first.
In a 1995 episode in which the show is set in the future, Lisa’s husband is shown speaking to a phone on his wrist. 
The first smartwatch wasn’t created until 2013.

Disney Owns Fox 
Back in 1998, a quick scene in “The Simpsons” showed 20th Century Fox as “a Division of Walt Disney Co.” And late in 2017, Disney was deep in talks to acquire much of the Fox empire, including the film and TV studio.

U.S. Wins an Olympic Gold Medal in Curling
In 2010, Homer and Marge beat Sweden and took home an Olympic gold medal for Team U.S.A. in Mixed Match Curling. As the animated sportscaster said, “Open your history books, tear out the pages and put this indelible Olympic moment in.”

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From Donald Trump’s presidency to Disney buying Fox to U.S. winning Olympic gold in curling

“The Simpsons” has an eerie knack for predicting the future, from Donald Trump’s presidency to U.S. beating Sweden for an Olympic gold medal in curling. Here are 14 times the long-running comedy series got it right. 

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