Watch : Ta-Nehisi Coates Schools Seth Meyers on Racism in America – Alexandra Rosenmann / Alternet

Ta-Nehisi Coates was “very happy to be wrong” about the presidential election—the 2008 presidential election, that is. And after interviewing President Obama for nearly five hours prior to the 2016 election, he began to question his long-held belief that Trump could be our next president.

“[Trump’s win], in a very, very uncomfortable way, accorded with a lot of what I had been writing and there’s an intellectual part of me that… believed it. But in my heart [I did not],” he told Seth Meyers.

“It was not a great night to be right,” Meyers mused.

“No, I was not going around crowing,” Coates responded.

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