March 23, 2017

The confusing Comey Hearing: Seth Meyer’s Humour sheds Light.

The recent episode of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” sums up how we feel toward the Trump presidency—confused.

The Comey hearing held on March 20th, brought up some interesting questions. Possible conclusions could have been drawn, but were not.

The hearing was held to investigate the possibility of collusion between members of the Trump presidential campaign and Russia, and also the issue of alleged wiretapping of Trump’s phones by the Obama administration.

National Security Agency Director, Mike Rogers, and FBI Director, James Comey testified before the House Intelligence Committee for hours on Monday.

The process was intended to bring clarity and peace of mind to the people of America—and the world—that our voting systems are secure, despite a severe Russian propaganda effort aimed at the public to sway the American Presidential election of 2016.

However, despite these two men’s best efforts, there were no solid assurances made, and those at the hearing were not able to conclude that the Russian campaign did not positively affect Trump’s win.

Thankfully though, we were assured that Obama did not, and does not, have the power to wiretap Trump. At least that question has been answered.

We can’t help but laugh at how strange things have become in the political arena of late.

In the Seth Meyer’s clip below of his “a Closer Look” segment of the late night program, he pokes a little fun at just how muddled things have become.

Referring to the Comey hearing, Seth Meyers points out a strange common practice of late, still fairly disturbing, even when dissected with humour: “Witnesses at a hearing are now fact checking the President’s tweets about that hearing during the hearing.”

I’m sorry—but could things get any weirder?

Fast forward to 7:50 in the clip below, and we hear a perplexing discussion between Comey and Rogers as to how the FBI knew that Putin hated Hilary Clinton, using a very confusing college football analogy.” 

How are we able to take the very sobering political issues of a breach in security and propaganda spreading seriously, when the Director of the FBI and National Security can’t make sense of the current state of affairs themselves?

“There’s nothing better then watching someone dumb it down with a sports analogy, and then lose the thread of that dumb sports analogy,” says Meyers.

One of the major issues that this hearing was based upon, was a tweet that Trump made, accusing the former U.S. President Obama of wiretapping during the 2016 Presidential Campaign.

We are left to question where Trump gets his information—as it is often contradicted by fact.

I’d like to point out that in the above tweet he has incorrectly spelled “tap.” While frantically tweeting, did he fail to spell the crucial word in his statement correctly, or should we assume it is now “tapp”?

Humour won’t solve the task of trying to get to the truth behind matters, but it does give us some clarity as to the ridiculousness of how much time and money we are spending attempting to hold the current President accountable.

All this must lead us to question: If we were not this distracted by one of the most powerful and befuddling politicians to have reigned yet, what would we be doing/noticing instead?

Is there a bigger reason Trump has become such a focus for all of us?

I am beginning to wonder if there is something here we are being distracted from. Perhaps it is clear seeing itself.

What else is there for us to do?

If our time keeps being wasted by Trump’s inconsistencies, I plan on trying to smile more about it.

Eventually, “the truth shall set us free.”

Until then, here’s to as much political lucidity as we can muster, and a little lighthearted giggle.




Author: Sarah Norrad

Image: Pixaby

Editor: Lieselle Davidson



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