Trump and Phil Robertson Freak Out About “Socialism”: A Closer Look

Trump and Phil Robertson Freak Out About “Socialism”: A Closer Look

It seems like President Trump
is freaking out
about the Democrats
running for president.
For more on this,
it’s time for “A Closer Look.”
Trump spoke this morning
to religious leaders
at the National
Prayer Breakfast.
It’s always
a slightly awkward situation
for a president
who’s been married three times,
paid hush money to a porn star,
and has probably, at best,
skimmed the Bible.
“And as you all know,
God set a fire to a bush
so he could collect
the insurance money
and build a casino.
It was smart.
It was a smart move.”
For example, Trump mentioned the
problem of human trafficking,
and here is his expert diagnosis
on what’s causing it.
-Together we will
end the “scorj”
of modern-day slavery that,
because of the Internet,
is at levels
that nobody can believe.
The Internet came along,
and some good things happened,
but some very bad things
-Oh, really, Dr. Science?
That’s your expert opinion?
The Internet came along,
and some good things happened,
and some bad things happened?
One of the good things
about the Internet
is you can Google how to
pronounce the word “scourge.”
[ Laughter ]
-Trump then laid out
what I guess you could say
is his thesis statement
for America,
the thing that makes
our country great.
Reagan called it
the shining city on a hill,
and Obama said
America is a place
where you can write
your own destiny.
And now here are
President Trump’s thoughts
on what makes America great.
-America’s potential
is unlimited
because our extraordinary people
are just something
that is number one.
-Soaring words.
Just soaring words.
He’s like a guy on a date
getting lines fed to him
through an ear piece,
and the feed cut out.
“You have beautiful eyes,
and your…nose.
Well, I mean, you know,
it’s your nose, but it’s, uh…
You got a real great honker.”
Trump was trying to live up
to the theme of unity
he set out in his State of
the Union address Tuesday.
As we all know,
he’s incapable of that.
Trump always needs something
to scare people about,
and in his speech on Tuesday,
he landed on a new target,
warning that Democrats
would turn America
into a socialist country,
and it prompted
a few scattered reactions
from Republicans
in the audience.
-Here in the United States,
we are alarmed
by the new calls to adopt
socialism in our country.
[ Scattered boos ]
-Well, guys, you did it. You
stopped socialism by booing it.
It reminds me of
Ronald Reagan’s famous line —
“Mr. Gorbachev, boo this wall.”
At least they’re making real
proposals like Medicare for all.
You guys stole
your best political argument
from Statler and Waldorf.
-And then…
[ Cheers and applause ]
Then, of course, the camera
caught the reaction
of self-described Democratic
socialist Bernie Sanders
after Trump vowed
to stop socialism
from taking root in America.
-America was founded
on liberty and independence,
and not government coercion,
domination, and control.
We are born free,
and we will stay free.
[ Cheers and applause ]
[ Laughter ]
-So, turns out Statler
was in the audience.
I mean, that is —
That’s a real —
[ Cheers and applause ]
Classic Bernie face there.
That’s the face Bernie makes
when he finds out the restaurant
charges for bread.
“Bread is supposed to be free!
Breadicare for all!”
[ Laughter ]
[ Cheers and applause ]
I hope you’re applauding
for the writer
who told me “Breadicare for all”
wouldn’t work.
[ Laughter ]
And then yesterday
in an interview on CNBC,
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin
doubled down on Trump’s line
about socialism,
although the way he said it
left some people
scratching their heads.
-The good news is, the U.S.
economy is doing terrific.
We continue to have
very strong jobs numbers.
I think you’ve just begun to see
the beginning of tax reform.
I think you’re going to
see that kick in a lot again.
And as the President
talked about last night,
his economic program is working.
We’re not going back
to socialism.
-Now, when he says “going back,”
he’s probably referring
to President Obama,
who was many things,
but he was not a socialist.
I mean, first of all,
look at the way he dresses now.
He looks like
a high-powered sports agent.
“LeBron, baby!
You’re, uh…crushin’ it.”
The minute
he left the White House,
he got cast in a recurring role
on “Ballers.”
[ Laughter ]
And yet…while he was whining
about socialism in public,
Trump was also claiming
in private that he had predicted
the success of one of
the most famous self-described
Democratic socialists
of the new Congress,
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Trump met news anchors
hours before his speech
and claimed
that he was among the first
to spot her political talent
and said he had predicted
her primary upset last year.
Trump said he knew Ocasio-Cortez
had “it,” meaning star power.
Oh, really? You predicted
that one of the most charismatic
and Internet-famous politicians
in the country had star power?
I wonder who else
he brags about.
“You know who I think
is going places? Tom Hanks.”
[ Laughter ]
Trump thinks he’s good
at spotting star power
because he thinks
he has star power,
but when people say Trump has
“it,” that’s not what they mean.
“I’m sorry,
but it looks like you have it.
And, um…
it has gone
straight to your brain.”
Scaremongering about socialism
might have worked
a few years ago,
but it’s lost its punch now
that Republicans have used it
over, and over, and over again.
Just take last year’s
midterm elections.
Trump went to Wisconsin,
a state he won in 2016,
to campaign against Democratic
Senator Tammy Baldwin,
and he tried to warn the crowd
that Baldwin
would support
socialized medicine,
although he claimed he was
trying to be nice about it.
-Leah’s radical far-left
opponent is Tammy Baldwin…
[ Audience boos ]
…who wants a socialist
takeover of healthcare.
[ Audience boos ]
You know, I’m trying
to say that very nicely.
I’m trying to —
See, normally I’d scream,
“They want
a socialist takeover!”
Now I say,
“Wants a socialist takeover.”
I’m trying to be nice.
-It’s so jarring
when he tells people
he’s pretending to be nice.
It’s like if Robert De Niro
looked into the camera
halfway through a movie
and said,
“I’m not really in the mafia.
I’m pretending.
None of this is real.”
[ Laughter and applause ]
And the attack didn’t work.
Baldwin ended up winning
her race by 10 points,
but if you thought
billionaire Donald Trump
would be the
least effective messenger
against the supposed dangers
of socialized medicine,
you’d be wrong.
Because on Tuesday,
Fox Business News
actually found someone
who was even worse at it —
“Duck Dynasty” star
Phil Robertson.
Fox had him on for some reason,
and instead of asking him
about something
he’s qualified to talk about,
like duck calls or how to dress
if you want to blend
into a marsh,
they asked him
about healthcare policy,
and he ended up
going on an insane rant
about Senator Kamala Harris’
to eliminate
private health insurance.
Even the Fox anchor
who invited him on
was flustered by how crazy
his answers were.
-We have been given, contrary
to what Kamala Harris said —
She says, “Elect me,
and everything’s free.
Look, everybody can have
their own healthcare.
The government’s going to
finance the whole thing.”
What I’m saying is that, Kamala,
I already have healthcare.
It’s given to me by God.
Eternal healthcare.
I’m guaranteed to be raised
from the dead.
I have life and immortality
given to me by God
through Jesus Christ.
-But people get sick on Earth
in human form,
so would you advise —
-The temporary reprieve
is not worth it.
-The anchor actually had to say,
“People get sick on Earth
in human form.”
[ Laughter ]
I mean, I’m assuming —
I’m assuming
after you have to say that
to a guest,
your next stop is at your
producer’s office to say,
“Maybe no more woods people?”
Also, it’s so crazy
seeing a guy say that
with a stock ticker
underneath him.
“Did you get
any stock tips today?”
“No, but I heard Phil
Robertson’s gonna live forever.”
And, by the way, lest you think
Fox sought out the opinion
of a regular guy,
Hillbilly Gandalf here
reportedly has a net worth
of $15 million,
plus an extra 38 cents
if he ever combs out his beard.
[ Laughter ]
And yet somehow the fever dream
got weirder from there
because Robertson went on to
claim that people don’t need
healthcare at all
and that he was living proof.
-I’m telling her, I have eternal
healthcare, and it’s free.
Doctors can give you
a little temporary reprieve,
but they cannot save you
from physical death.
The doctors who treat you,
they die, too. Jesus —
-But you’re not dismissing
that we need —
people need healthcare, right?
It’s just who pays —
-I didn’t have healthcare
for 50 years.
-Well, you look great.
[ Laughter ]
[ Cheers and applause ]
The reason they’re all freaking
out about Medicare for all
is because they know it
makes basic sense to people.
Most people don’t care
whether it’s called socialism
or capitalism or whatever.
They just know it’s inherently
unfair for mega-billionaires
to hoard their wealth
while millions of Americans
don’t even have healthcare.
Ocasio-Cortez made that point
in an interview recently,
and a Fox News guest
mocked her for it.
-A system that allows
billionaires to exist
when there are parts of Alabama
where people
are still getting ringworm
because they don’t have access
to public health is wrong.
-She’s saying, Mark,
that basically
she doesn’t want
the kind of poverty
that leads to lack of healthcare
to exist…
when people are, you know,
allowed to have
billions of dollars
and be fat cats, essentially.
-Well, first of all, I mean the
fact is ringworm isn’t deadly.
I mean, people get ringworm —
It’s like foot fungus.
-“We know ringworm isn’t deadly.
For some people, it’s jewelry.”
[ Laughter ]
“Will you take this ring
and be my swamp bride?
I’m never gonna die.
You can be on my health
insurance. I get it from Jesus!”
[ Laughter ]
[ Cheers and applause ]
Now, there is a reason, a reason
these guys are freaking out
about Medicare for all
and why most Democrats running
for President are for it.
It makes basic sense to people.
Everyone deserves healthcare.
For one very simple reason,
and that is…
-People get sick on Earth
in human form.
-This has been “A Closer Look.”

100 thoughts on “Trump and Phil Robertson Freak Out About “Socialism”: A Closer Look”

  1. He wants to shut down the internet.


    When we go to war he will enact it.

    This is what he's been up to.

  2. Omg, the bearded one is sitting on 15 million? And he's bitchin about a poor schmuck getting health care

  3. We are a social republic.. a country that collects taxes and uses them for the benefit of the people.. you know, like police, fire, roads and bridges? ever heard of the "MILITARY?" Republicans are so fucking stupid they dont even know what form of government we have, or what it even does…

  4. This is one of the funniest A Closer Look episode. I had to watch again because it's so hilarious.

  5. Yeah the really really bad thing the internet did ..was to make that fool our president .makes me want to break my smart phone over the heads of the idiots who voted for him .let's hunt them down . .And at least Jack them ..Cause they definetely owe the rwst of this for thus mess .And you know, we are going to be bankrupt later ,so may as get while the getting is still available

  6. Broooo I watched a couple of these closer look videos and barely noticed…does Seth Meyers have a large forehead or just no eyebrows? It's only fucking up my attention in this video so idk lol

  7. i bet at least HALF of those repubs in the senate themselves do NOT KNOW what socialism is! at best perhaps book smart but nothing more idiots and the other half are unethical immoral capitalists who don't care who they screw over…..

  8. Does anyone realize pensions are socialism? Don't you just hate socialism? how stupid can U be???????????? money for You in finale years is never will never be a bad thing/ cheating people out of those things worked for that's crime not paying your workers is how trump rolls

  9. Socialism? Is that like paying farmers when tariffs destroy farming? Maga Maggot is the worst. AMERICA DESERVES A LEGITIMATE ELECTION AND A LEGITIMATE PRESIDENT.

  10. You got to love the way the audience Boos on cue with Trump. There must be a sign that lights up and says " boo " or "clap" or scream? This way the stupids in the audience know what to do. It's frightening that this kind of stupidity and ignorance exist in this country today. people that would even believe one word out of that f*****s mouth must have serious IQ deficiency. Poor people who vote for a 1percenter??? Must be profoundly angry and blind to the scam artist trump.

  11. Billionaires shouldn't exist at all. A million inches is about 15 miles; a billion inches is halfway around the world.

  12. God bless Donald Trump and Phil Robertson! MAGA!!! Keep pissing off those liberals. What's funny is they are only hurting themselves by reacting with hypersensitivity and they don't even realize it 😂

  13. Calvin. Saint Jerome. Saint Paul. Luther. Arminius. The Greats of Christian Thought and Dissertation. Oh! . . . .and, uh, Duck Dynasty dude Phil Robertson.

  14. I love Seth but please get off Obama's dick, he was another democrat with republican tendencies, so please spare us the BS.

  15. If you keep making fun of Bernie he may win as you winded trump to run for presidency in the first place. But the difference would be. This time someone genuine might win. Keep it up seth.

  16. I will continue to say this until I am blue in the face – but AMERICA HAS THE HIGHEST PER CAPITA PUBLIC SPENDING ON HEALTHCARE THAN ANY OTHER NATION!!!!!. You already have socialised healthcare in many forms. This is not some great boogey man that you have no familiarity with.

  17. I was talking with an American neighbour and to have a blanket coverage all over the US isn't simple. He explained to me a lot of health care is financed state by state and the high taxing states like Massachusetts and California have very good health care but some southern states are really bad the states just haven't got the revenue. Providing health care for 300 million people would be expensive and when you add the biggest army or Defense how you Americans call it you need to double your budget and as far as I know, the US has a debt problem now what is growing.

  18. We want socialism, it is the only way that everyone can live fairly, with equality and protection from corporate autocrats and despots such as trump. There is NOTHING wrong with free universal healthcare, free education and not being exploited by greedy, destructive corporations. Why is that so bad? People have been brainwashed by the right to believe that universal equality is a bad thing, because those at the top are psychopaths and do not want others to be equal. They want power over others and will trample over our rights to get it.

  19. And what is wrong with a "socialist takeover of healthcare" exactly? Does he not want everyone to have access to medication and healthcare and the chance to live NOT based on how much money you have? These despots and psychopaths do not want other people to live, unless they have money. If you don't have money then you do not deserve to live, according to them. The NHS in Britain is a perfect example of how free healthcare works, it may have its flaws, but at least everyone has the chance to LIVE not based on how much they earn.

  20. People should learn from Seth he make a good point he a very smart man. THE MISSISSIPPI MAN. F–K RED

  21. I love how he gets so angry so easily. Doesn’t take much for that man. His blood pressure must be through the roof.

  22. The bloke's a liar and a crook …. Bankrupt …. A zero credit rating ….. A guy with a small nudger, and a hair cut, styled by Shredded Wheat ….

  23. This is a perfect example why most people regard the u.s. as a joke. This idiot wouldn't get airtime on local radio anywhere else in the world.

  24. I live in Scotland with NHS. I have never had to pay for a thing medical related. We even have nhs dental where you pay minimum prices. We also have free higher education (uni) and tax free income of £12500. If you want to call it socialism then fair enough but why do you care?!!

  25. Seth, look… I'm a born-again, Holy Spirit-filled, praise Jesus, Bible thumping kind of Christian. However, most of us are not like Phil. He has a valid point about eternal life with God, for believers, but we understand the right now body needs doctors. I just mean to say that we aren't all radical, weirdo, aimless ranting, swamp beard, simple-minded, narrow-focus, sciencedeniers who go "off road" every time the evil media asks us a question we can't bend toward the Gospel. The problem facing a lot of Christians interviewed on TV is that they mix their good intentions to witness or minister with the answers to a reasonable, direct question. I point to Pete Butigieg as a great example of a reasonable Christian who refuses to compromise his faith, but still responds with intelligence. Please believe that we are not all "swamp things" for Jesus.

    Also, you should have a spin-off show, called "A Closer Look". Look into Christianity as a subculture, and expose the real people who believe Jesus is God. I think it will be a pleasant surprise. It may simultaneously be a disturbing revelation (clever, right?).

  26. Okay but it's there wealth why should you punish someone because there rich it sounds like to me your just pissed because someone ain't whipping your ass for you listen nothings free in life not even freedom someone has to pay for it someone has to earn it

  27. I love it when there are several pictures of #45 and you see so many shades of orange between his hair and face. Crayola there are shades not named yet!!! Opportunities galore.

  28. Chump remember your own words were born free and we will stay free.muchon my ass u chump bsll licker is that why your mouth never closez

  29. How to dress if you want to blend into a marsh…….🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  30. Being a Canadian, watching this you think how FUBAR'd is the US that they have political debates and commentaries about what should be a basic human right in an industrialized country.

  31. Phil Robertson is a welfare queen! He received $6.2M in subsidies from State of Louisiana for Dynasty. He didn't complain about socialism then.

  32. People without Jesus are miserable, being dragged down by their own sin and want to judge everyone else just to attempt to drag them down with them before the the ship sinks.. Misery Loves company. Jesus said ¨I am the way the truth and the life and Nobody comes to the father but by me¨ John 14:6

  33. Why is that silly fkn inbreed retard on the god damn news. Shave hat goofy ass beard you Jerry Springer trash.

  34. aoc meant to say hookworm. ringworm is not even a worm. its a fungus that makes rings of damage on a dog's coat. the know nothing crowd can now stop talking.

  35. Alabama isn't having a problem with the common fungus ring worm which he correctly identified as non- life threatening. They have a problem with hook worm which is life threatening.

  36. Completely agree that far too many don't know the definition of socialism. Just as scary…those railing against it don't know the definition of capitalism either. A purely capitalist society is every bit as scary as communism.

  37. Dream Administration
    Bernie Sanders – Barbara Lee or Stacy Abrams
    President – Vice President

    Cynthia McKinney
    UN Ambassador

    Attorney General

    Tulsi Gabbard
    Sec of State

    Homeland Security

    Marianne Williamson

    Health & Human Services



    Veterans' Affairs

    Winona LaDuke



    Gabe Klein

    David Benac

    Pete Buttigieg

    Someone like Joan Ling
    Housing & Urban Development

    Someone like Cynthia Brown

  38. Human trafficking a result of human greed, cruelty and stupidity. Three things Trump is all too familiar with.

  39. Hamburgerler couldn’t spell socialism. He barely can say any words right. Kind of 😆 45 is a muppet.

  40. The Duck Dynasty guy's answer for health care is the best ever – according to him, when a liberal gets sick, let Kamala give him Gov't health care. When a Republican voter gets sick, given his guaranteed place in heaven, just gather 'round and let us all say a prayer. No need to waste tax dollars on saving his soul here on Earth, just give him a gentle nod and send him off to his eternal place of peace with God. All problems solved. Why didn't we think of that before? I guess evolution still works – some people just don't want to evolve, in which case let us not stand in their way and allow them to go extinct.

  41. Trump uses the word socialism as fear tactics, while bringing us fascism day after day after day. A Vote for a Democrat is a vote against fascism!

  42. We have socialized medicine. We just don't give it to working people, who pay for it. Medicare, Medicaid are socialized medicine.

  43. I was really hoping you'd follow up the "I'm really sorry, but…you have it-" line up with, "and it has staying power"… lol

  44. It's obvious Trump is senile. He's lost his short term memory. When he begins a sentence, he usually forgets what he was going to say before he gets to the end.

  45. I can't believe we are where we are these days. Bill Robertson. 15 million?
    These people are scary. They are really scary.

  46. Well since our Military is what socialism, and what is the Police and Fire Departments once again Socialism, and when you need a new Stadiums for Sports teams is yes Socialism, and companies that move to another state and ask for money to do so is yes socialism, and not forget all these corporations like big oil and big Pharma and the Military-industrial complex so this country is full of Socialism as long as your already rich

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