“This week we learned one of the strangest, dumbest things about Trump yet,” Late Night host Seth Meyers said during Thursday’s episode. It’s an incredibly bold call, but it’s fair to say this presidential factoid wasn’t one anybody was expecting.
Referring to new book Sinking in the Swamp by Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng, Meyers noted that President Trump is “obsessed with badgers.” Apparently Trump repeatedly asked former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus questions about them “even in situations where it wasn’t appropriate.” Such questions included whether badgers are “mean to people” and “how they work.”
“The president of the United States has shown more genuine curiosity about badgers and how they work than literally any other subject in his portfolio,” said Meyers. “He is 70 going on seven. Was he asked for environmental reasons, or for his second grade essay project?”
Incidentally, Trump just announced his intention to rehire Priebus as a Member on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. Presumably he’ll also be keeping Trump updated on badger facts.