Stephen Colbert Lists Everything Pres. Trump Has Condemned Harder Than Nazis; Trump Retweets Alt-Right Conspiracy Theorist
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). 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. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families. And it is difficult to express how heartbreaking it is to see something like this happening in our country," in reference to a planned "Unite the Right" rally that was to take place in the Virginia city on Saturday.
"But here's something that's not hard to express," he added. "Nazis are bad. The KKK, I'm not a fan. That wasn't hard. That was easy. I enjoyed saying it." Colbert then took on Trump's initial -- widely criticized -- take on the violence in Charlottesville, in which the president said he condemned the "egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence -- on many sides."
"Mr. President, this is terrorism, not your order at KFC," Colbert said, questioning how Trump could condemn something in the "strongest possible terms" without naming the responsible groups. So, the host spun the incident into a long list of things the president has been more mad about than "neo-Nazis murdering people in the streets."
That list included: Hillary Clinton, The New York Times, CNN, Kristen Stewart, the cast of Hamilton, Diet Coke, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Colbert, Gold Star families, Meryl Streep and lady Ghostbusters.
Check out the full list below:
In a similar vein, the Huffington Post listed all the things Trump tweeted about before specifically condemning white supremacists. That list included:
The Obstructionist Democrats have given us (or not fixed) some of the worst trade deals in World History. I am changing that fast!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2017
Luther Strange of the Great State of Alabama has my endorsement. He is strong on Border & Wall, the military, tax cuts & law enforcement.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2017
Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President's Manufacturing Council,he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2017
Trump drew fresh rebuke on Monday when he re-tweeted a comment by alt-right media figure Jack Posobiec, who has fanned the flames of the anti-Clinton PizzaGate and the Seth Rich murder conspiracy theories.
Meanwhile: 39 shootings in Chicago this weekend, 9 deaths. No national media outrage. Why is that? https://t.co/9Crutnnrp8— Jack Posobiec ---- (@JackPosobiec) August 14, 2017