Seth Meyers took a break from fun and humor on his show in order to deliver a heartfelt and passionate message to the President on Monday over his response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The ‘Late Night’ host drew a clear line for the President, letting him know that he cannot continue to give oxygen and support to white supremacists and hate groups. Trump has certainly developed a long and clear track record of attacking various minorities and religions, while staying silent when it comes to white supremacists — speaking out only when he is forced, and even then, providing a muted response.
“On Saturday, there was yet another terror attack on American soil, allegedly perpetrated by a white supremacist named James Field,” Meyers began, referring to the Charlottesville riots. He continued on by speaking about the death of Heather Heyer, who was purposefully run down by a car driven by one of the white supremacists rallying in the city. “It was a horrifying incident that left the country stunned and terrified,” Meyers said.
He pointed out that on Saturday, President Trump did not utter her name nor the name of her alleged murderer, nor even the word ‘terrorist.’ Instead, the country heard Trump place blame “on many sides,” a phrase which he emphasized by repeating it.
“On many sides,” Meyers reiterated Trump’s words. ‘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 as he initially refused to condemn the white supremacist movement in this country.”
“He did read a statement at the White House today that finally struck the right tone,” the ‘Late Show’ host continued. “But I’m sorry, pencils down on this subject was Saturday evening. He only very partial credit.”
“Some ignored it or played it down when Donald Trump claimed that our first black president wasn’t born in this country,” Meyers reminded the audience of Trump’s central role in the birther movement against former President Obama. “It was racist and insane, but he was written off as a clown, a bitter little man who didn’t know that an American could have a name like Barack Obama.”
Meyers then went on to recount in succession some of the major racist positions that Trump has taken since announcing his candidacy, including calling Mexicans rapists in that speech. Though Meyers’ list was certainly not a complete list of the racist statements from Trump, he laid out a continuous and convincing timeline of the winks, and dog whistles that were peppered throughout his campaign and now his presidency.
“Now white supremacists and American Nazis are visible and energetic and demonstrable in a way we have not seen in our lifetimes. Donald 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.
“The leader of our country is called a president because he’s supposed preside over our society,” Meyers explained. “His job is to lead, to cajole, to scold, to correct our path, to lift up what is good about us and to absolutely and unequivocally — and immediately — condemn what is evil in us. And if he does not do that — if does not preside over our society — then he is not our president.”
“You can stand for a nation, or you can stand for a hateful movement — but you can’t do both. And if you don’t make the right choice, I’m confident that the American voter will,” Meyers concluded delivering a very stern message to Trump.
Watch the segment below followed by ‘A Closer Look’ segment on Charlottesville via NBC below: