On Monday night, late-night shows resumed for their first episodes since the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and subsequent domestic terrorist attack that left one woman, Heather Heyer, dead and injured 19 more.
(In a moment of apparent ad-libbing on Saturday, shortly after the alleged attacker James Fields, Jr., drove his car into a crowd of peaceful protesters, Donald Trump condemned the violence “on many sides;” GQ ’s Jay Willis wrote that he “ seemed medically incapable ” of anything stronger—until two full days later.)
I enjoyed saying it.” Like Corden did on The Late Late Show, Colbert reeled off a list of things Trump has come out more strongly against, especially on Twitter: “If only the president were as mad about neo-Nazis as he’s been about Hillary Clinton, the New York Times , CNN, Joe Scarborough, Kristen Stewart, the cast of Hamilton , Diet Coke, Nordstrom not selling his daughter’s clothes, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the mayor of London Sadiq Khan, me ,” he said.
“He should have condemned white supremacists and neo Nazis.” (Of course, he added, “You guys have been super rough on me and super rough on him, but he is a compassionate person.” However, Scaramucci still begged for leniency for Trump, describing his statements about how much he had given up for the presidency (luxury hotels, real estate mogul-dom, reality television star-dom, vacations that don’t involve taking work calls because the president is never really off-duty) as “him wearing his heart on his sleeve” and “him expressing himself” and explaining that Trump, when faced with particular media expectations, “sometimes does the exact opposite.” Like, failing to condemn white supremacy until two days later—but, Scaramucci said, “let’s be fair to him today.
Fallon, noted hair-ruffler of Donald Trump, characteristically couched his statement with a disclaimer: “Even though The Tonight Show is an apolitical show…” he began, his tone as restrained as that of Meyers.
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