Donald Trump Is 'Like a Stoner Working at a Pizza Place,' 'Virtually Incapable of Coherent Thought,' Says Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers has dismissed President Donald Trump for his failure to bring the partial federal shutdown to an end, arguing that the government freeze represents an unacceptable dereliction of his duties.

Speaking on his Late Night show Monday, Meyers compared Trump to a "stoner" working at a pizza restaurant, suggesting the president was "virtually incapable" of coherent thought.

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Meyers suggested there was "no more basic" a test for a president than keeping the federal government open, noting that Trump was now overseeing the third federal shutdown of his presidency.

"In real life, you don't get rehired after that," Meyers said, before comparing Trump to "a stoner working at a pizza place" who fails to even unlock the shop door to allow customers inside.

The comedian said the shutdown—which has left some 800,000 federal employees furloughed or working without pay—is a "self-inflicted crisis" for Trump, which only came about because the president is "incompetent and unhinged."

He continued, arguing that Trump "is virtually incapable of uttering a truthful or coherent thought about almost anything."

The shutdown has closed 15 federal agencies and is now entering its third week. The crisis was precipitated by a dispute over funding for Trump's proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexican border—a campaign promise that has become one of the defining symbols of his presidency.

Trump had demanded more than $5 billion in funds for his contentious barrier, but the Democratic Party—which now holds a majority in the House—has refused to provide it, although it is willing to fund other border security measures. Last week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the president would get "nothing for the wall."

The shutdown is now one of the three longest in U.S. history and threatens to eclipse the longest federal closure, which occured in December 1995, and lasted 21 days. White House talks between congressional staff and Vice President Mike Pence, Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Senior Adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner failed to break the impasse this weekend.

According to Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Trump has said the shutdown could last for "months or even years" if he does not get his desired border wall funding.

The president has also said he may declare a national emergency to obtain the funds without needing congresional approval, although such a move would likely meet with legal challenges.. When asked by a reporter if he was considering this route, Trump said, "I haven't done it, but I may do it… I am allowed to do that. It's called a national emergency."

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President Donald Trump speaks to the media upon his return to the White House after a day trip to Camp David on January 6. He continues to threaten declaring a national emergency to bypass Congress and get money for his border wall. Chris Kleponis - Pool/Getty Images
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