The backlash facing Pres. Trump's late disavowal of white supremacists and alt-right hate groups in the wake of Saturday's (Aug. 12) murder of a protester in Charlottesville, Virginia, by a Nazi sympathizer provided plenty of fodder for late night hosts on Monday night (Aug. 14).
Trump was widely criticized for failing to immediately condemn racism in the aftermath of clashes at a white supremacist rally in which an anti-fascist demonstrator was killed when a vehicle plowed into the group of counterprotesters she was with.
"There is only one thing I no longer have any doubt about", Colbert said, directly addressing the President.
"Donald Trump drove America's moral leadership right through the guardrails by saying some of the people bearing torches with the Nazis were just good Joes", Colbert said of Trump's equivocation.
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Noting that Trump-who was only supposed to talk briefly and not take questions-was echoing white nationalist advisor Steve Bannon while simultaneously and obviously distancing himself from him, Colbert termed Trump's unprompted but hesitant denial of Bannon's racism as "a vote of. something".
"Honestly, if the press were not fake and if it was honest, the press would have said what I said was very nice", Trump told reporters Tuesday.
"And if you were a better president, you would have said something very nice", Colbert shot back.
Whether or not you voted for Trump, anyone has to see that sympathizing with Nazis after one of them murdered somebody is a awful thing for any president to do. One of the sharpest rebukes came from The Late Show host Stephen Colbert, who opened the show by saying, "The rally was a clear attempt to spark violence, and it did". "Everywhere in this country, people were horrified".