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Seth Meyers’s Post-Election Monologue Is The Glimmer Of Hope You Needed

‘Someone’s daughter is out there right now who will one day have that title’

Is there a gesture that's basically a facepalm and a hug at the same time? If so, Seth Meyers totally delivered that last night.

"Well THAT was a real grab in the pussy!"

In these trying times, laughter is valuable medicine, and Meyers achieved the seemingly impossible on Late Night on Wednesday (November 9): He was able to comfort a nation in crisis while taking president-elect Donald Trump to task and making everyone laugh at the same time. No vitriol, no anger, just some very real truth that an emotional and open Meyers revealed before his audience, mere hours after the election had been called.

"I'm sorry to use foul language like that," he began, "but last time I checked, the electoral college seems to be fine with it!" Meyers went on to reflect on his own coverage of Trump's campaign, admitting wholeheartedly that he'd referred to the president-elect's pursuit of the Oval Office as a "stunt" and that he was wrong about Trump's chances of actually winning the whole damn thing.

Meyers then got personal and shared his thoughts about his eight-month-old son and his future, and how much he empathized with the millions of parents who woke up on November 9 and had to explain to their children that, no, we did not elect the first woman president of the United States. But one day, we will.

"The fact is, we don't know who you are, but I imagine this moment today will be a defining one for you, one that will make you work harder, and strive farther. And whoever you are, I hope I live to see your inauguration."

He brought up the several campaign promises Trump had made through his run and closed with one of his own. "Now, we get to see if he will, if he can, fulfill them. I'd like to make one promise to him: We, here at Late Night, will be watching you." Watch the whole video above.