Every few months, the White House goes into denial mode, where people "working at the highest levels of government have to put down everything they're doing and hunt for the anonymous mole who just called the president a brain-dead moron," Seth Meyers said on Monday's Late Night.
Last week, President Trump faced one personal crisis after another, with an anonymous staffer writing a New York Times op-ed about how White House aides take things off Trump's desk before he can sign them and Bob Woodward previewing his new book, Fear, filled with revealing tidbits like how Trump almost tweeted his way into war with North Korea. Trump called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate who penned the op-ed, but "the fact is, calling Donald Trump an incompetent moron is not a crime," Meyers said. "It's not even new information."
Trump was clearly spooked, as he tweeted about Woodward's book multiple times, calling it a "joke" and "fiction," and rambled when asked about the mysterious op-ed writer. "He sounds like Sherlock Holmes after a concussion," Meyers said. "'My dear Watson, we're going to find out who the suspect is and where he is and what he did and who he what and why and where.'" Trump continued to rail against the writer during a televised rally, stumbling over the word "anonymous," which didn't surprise Meyers. "He's never done anything anonymously in his life," he said. "If he had been the Gossip Girl, he would have signed the notes, 'XOXO, Donald J. Trump.'" Watch the video, featuring a plausible re-enactment of how Trump looks when he types, below. Catherine Garcia