Seth Meyers criticized President Trump on Monday night’s “Late Night,” addressing the president’s response to the violent white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia — and the host was much harsher on POTUS than usual.
Meyers opened the show by noting Trump’s choice of words on Saturday: “We condemn in strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence — on many sides,” Trump said in a statement.
“On many sides,” Myers repeated. “If that choice of words made you feel sick to your stomach, the good news is you’re a normal and decent person. The jury is still out on the president,” said the host.
“Trump has a permanent hard-on for condemnation,” Meyers said later in his “A Closer Look” segement, pointing out Trump’s recent condemnation of North Korea, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Hillary Clinton. “And yet when it came time to condemn white supremacists and nazis, it was limp d— city.”
Meyers also listed several “racist” and “insane” things Trump has done, like championing the “birther” movement against Barack Obama, calling Mexicans “rapists” and calling Sen Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) “Pocahontas.”
“Donald Trump did not immediately denounce the white supremacist movement when given the chance and now, whether he knows it or not, many of those people see him as leading that movement,” Meyers said.
“You can stand for a nation, or you can stand for a hateful movement,” the “Late Night” host continued. “You can’t do both.”
Meyers said he was confident that American voters will remember Trump’s inability to immediately condemn hatred.
In statements on Monday, two days after the violent white supremacist rallies that ended up killing Heather Heyer, 32, and injuring several others, Trump said, “racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs.”
On Friday, a group of white nationalists gathered to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert. E. Lee. They were met with counter-protestors, and the clashing of the two groups led to violence, which only intensified Saturday. When a vehicle driven by a white nationalist demonstrator plowed into a crowd Saturday, Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal from Virginia, was killed, and 19 others were injured. More than 30 were hurt in total as a result of events at the rally.