Seth Meyers Challenges Sarah Palin on Refugees

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Seth Meyers interviews Sarah Palin on "Late Night." NBC

Sarah Palin is in the news again. Why? We're not exactly sure. On Saturday, she tweeted, "JESUS WOULD FIGHT FOR OUR SECOND AMENDMENT," which she linked, of course, to an ad for her new book, Sweet Freedom: A Devotional. So there's that. On Monday night, she was a guest on Late Night With Seth Meyers, ostensibly to promote said book.

Late-night shows have been a safe space for politicians this election season. Hillary Clinton impersonated Donald Trump and answered questions like, "Where do you see yourself in five years?" on the Tonight Show. Trump "interviewed himself" on the same show and role-played a wall-building negotiation on the Late Show. We thought Stephen Colbert might turn the screws on Jeb Bush when the presidential hopeful joined the former Colbert Report host for his first network television broadcast, but the interview was lighthearted and Trump-heavy.

Meyers isn't known to stir controversy, so no one expected him to get much deeper than basic election questions and maybe Palin's SNL40 appearance in February (she addresses Louis C.K. in her new book). Meyers covered both topics, but he also asked if, as a former governor, Palin thinks the decision to turn away refugees could be viewed as a decision made out of fear.

Palin's response wasn't surprising. It's the federal government's fault, of course. What was at least somewhat surprising was how Meyers pressed her on the issue, asking her a series of rational follow-up questions until she inevitably started babbling about freedom. The exchange ended with Palin reluctantly agreeing that, yes, most of the refugees seeking asylum probably aren't ISIS. This might not seem like much, but it was admirable for a late-night host not to acquiesce so easily, even if it was only with Sarah Palin. Now we just need actual journalists to start challenging the actual politicians running for the country's highest office.