LATE Night host Seth Meyers, a known critic of US President Donald Trump, took another potshot at Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in his popular segment “A Closer Look.”
The close to 11-minute segment was entirely about Trump. But one of Meyers’ criticisms of Trump was the President’s knack for “praising authoritarian rulers with terrible human rights records.”
Meyers highlighted how Trump congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his “slim” referendum victory that raised a red flag from European leaders. Then Trump admitted he would be honored to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, calling the latter a “smart cookie.”
Then Meyers moved on to Duterte, implying that the Filipino leader is in the same league as Erdogan and Kim. The talk show host noted that last Saturday, Trump called and invited Duterte, known for “running death squads and has bragged that he personally murdered people,” to the White House.
Meyers then reminded the public of a Philippine report that made headlines around the world last December when Duterte bragged about throwing corrupt people out of the helicopter. Meyers quoted Duterte as saying, as published by The Washington Post: “I will pick you up in a helicopter to Manila, and I will throw you out on the way. I’ve done it before. Why would I not do it again?”
Then the punch line from Meyers: “Stories like that earned Duterte the nickname United Airlines.” He was referring to the United Airlines incident where it forcefully dragged a doctor out of the plane because it had been overbooked.
Meyers’ joke drew loud applause from his studio audience.
If indeed Duterte visits the White House, he warned reporters that if Trump ever offers them a helicopter ride with Duterte, there’s only one thing to do: Run!
It wasn’t the first time Meyers took notice of Duterte. Last December, Duterte again figured in “A Closer Look” because of Trump’s admiration of the Filipino’s leader in handling the country’s drug war.
Meyers’ recent “A Closer Look” has already amassed more than 250,000 views as of yesterday afternoon.
Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on May 03, 2017.
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