'Cutting Eyeholes Out of His Bedsheets': Late-Night Hosts Blast Trump Over VA Response
All four late night comedians slammed President Trump for what critics saw as a wishy-washy response to the violent white nationalist riots that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend.
President Trump initially condemned the "violence and bigotry" "on many sides" on Saturday. After mounting pressure to call out the hate groups by name he spoke again on Monday and condemned the KKK, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists specifically.
Jimmy Fallon of "The Tonight Show" got emotional during his monologue Monday night.
"The fact that it took the president two days to come out and clearly denounce racists and white supremacists is shameful," said Fallon.
On "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Kimmel said Americans were wondering whether their president was "cutting eyeholes out of his bedsheets," referencing the KKK.
He called out Trump for making white supremacist-fueled riots the "one thing he decides to be quiet about."
"There were two sides, not many sides and one of those sides had Nazis on it. All he had to do was condemn the Nazis," said Kimmel.
“The whole thing is such a bummer because Nazis were like the last thing we all agreed on,” Seth Meyers said on "Late Night." “Indiana Jones fought the Nazis and we love Indiana Jones!”
Meyers also criticized Republican leaders, like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, for failing to speak out in the past after other inflammatory statements.
"Mr. President, Mr. President, this is terrorism, not your order at KFC,” Stephen Colbert said on "The Late Show." “I’d like the 10-piece bucket with potato wedges, fries, mash — you know what? Many sides. Many sides. Coleslaw.”
Colbert said Trump "blew the easiest condemnation of all time" and actually earned praise from the white supremacist website The Daily Stormer.
"Careful guys, he says he loves you now. But one day he's going to leave you for younger Nazis," said Colbert.