Seth Meyers: Trump backing Moore, Flynn belies ‘tough on crime’ pledge

Late-night host Seth Meyers says that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to oust Nielsen as early as this week: report California wildfire becomes deadliest in state’s history Sinema’s Senate win cheered by LGBTQ groups MORE backing embattled GOP special election candidate Roy Moore and former national security adviser Michael Flynn shows he's only "tough on crime" when it suits him.

"President Trump is now all in on backing the accused sexual predator running for Senate in Alabama and offering sympathy for a former top aide who lied to the FBI, making clear once again, what Trump really means when he says he's tough on crime," the "Late Night with Seth Meyers" host said Wednesday.

Meyers said during Trump's campaign, he repeatedly cast himself as the candidate who would be tough on crime, often referring to himself as the "law and order" candidate. 


"Trump says he's tough on crime when he thinks those crimes have been committed by immigrants, refugees, African-Americans or his political opponents," Meyers said.

"But not when they've been committed by the people closest to him," he said.

Meyers referenced Trump's comments calling Moore's Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, weak on crime.

"Trump says he wants to stop crime but he's backing an accused child molester over a prosecutor who convicted the KKK, which tells you that when he uses the word crime, that's not really what he means," Meyers said.

"He doesn't really want to stop crime, he wants to stop immigrants, refugees or his political opponents," he said.

Moore is facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, including a woman who accused Moore of initiating a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 and he was 32.

Other women have come forward to allege Moore had inappropriate contact with them when they were teenagers. Moore has repeatedly denied the allegations.

Earlier this week, Trump offered his full endorsement of Moore. 

Jones, as a U.S. attorney, successfully prosecuted two members of the KKK for their roles in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., which killed four girls.