Stephen Colbert took time in his opening monologue on “The Late Show” to address President Donald Trump’s heated press conference Tuesday, in which Trump walked back his earlier condemnation of the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, and blamed counter-protesters who opposed white nationalist groups there.
“Even though many criticised how long it took, the president knew the right thing was to make a statement on Monday, be clear about who was to blame, and then move on to the people’s business,” Colbert said.
“I’m just kidding. He held a press conference today in, I believe, the 7th circle of hell,” he quipped.
Impersonating Trump, Colbert said, “OK, I wait for the facts, OK? Just ask the millions of illegal voters who refused to look for Obama’s birth certificate during my record-breaking inauguration.”
“But it kept coming back to Charlottesville, and once again, Donald Trump wasn’t fully sure whether the Nazis should get all the blame,” Colbert said, before playing a clip of Trump’s earlier remarks.
“I think there’s blame on both sides,” Trump said in the selected clip. “And I have no doubt about it, and you don’t have any doubt about it either.”
“The only thing I’m doubting right now, is whether you’re still going to be president by Friday,” Colbert said as the audience cheered. “Because, what the hell are you talking about?”
Watch the clip below:
TONIGHT: It took two days for Trump to condemn the racist hate groups in Charlottesville… and one press conference to empower them. #LSSC pic.twitter.com/GCFVNE3SYo
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) August 16, 2017
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