Published 8:33 AM EDT Aug 6, 2019
Stephen Colbert devoted time during his “Late Show” monologue Monday to the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
Drawing a comparison between what is happening now and “Chernobyl,” the late night host said, “I think at this point, it’s clear that America’s gun culture is melting down, but the Republicans in Congress would rather maintain their power than save lives.”
Colbert went on to call out “this month’s centerfold of Corruption Monthly,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, for blocking gun control legislation in the Senate that had previously passed the House by wide margins. McConnell had the bills placed on the Senate calendar, rather than having them referred to a committee to potentially be passed by the full Senate.
But Colbert had words of praise for presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke for condemning President Trump, with the use of expletives, for “inciting racism and violence.” Saturday’s shooting in O’Rourke’s native El Paso was being investigated as a possible hate crime after discovery of a racist manifesto believed to have been posted online by the killer.
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“Well said,” Colbert responded, commenting on O’Rourke’s “refreshing candor.”
“It’s all well and good to offer thoughts and prayers, but sometimes you want shouts and swears.”
Reacting to Trump’s declaration that “our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” Colbert said: “I try my best every night, but you’re still in office.”
Colbert also found irony when Trump suggested, “Now is the time to set destructive partisanship aside – so destructive – and find the courage to answer hatred with unity, devotion and love.”
Adopting his Trump persona, Colbert said, “Yes, we must set aside partisan bickering over who fired up the white nationalists in our country and come together as one to sing ‘Send her back, oh Lord, send her back. Someone’s different, Lord, send her back.’ ”
Fox News host Shepard Smith also addressed the shootings, predicting the tragic events would results in zero change on “Shepard Smith Reporting” Monday.
“Each time we hear kids cry, parents pray, and politicians promise. Then it happens yet again in America,” Smith said. He asked, “Is this shocking to you?”
He continued: “Now gun laws, regulations, background checks, soft targets, body armor, death penalty, mental health. ‘Time for action.’ ‘I promise.’ ‘Thoughts and prayers.’ We hear you. We heard you last time. And the time before that. And we will likely do it all soon. Yet again in America.”
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Similarly, late night host Jimmy Kimmel commented on the lack of change Monday at the Television Critics Association.
“Now there’s an expectation that late-night talk shows will address these horrible things,” he said. “And I wish we didn’t have to, but no one’s doing anything about it all. We seem to forget about these national tragedies four days after they happen.” He said most Americans “believe we should have background checks for purchases at gun shows, and our politicians don’t seem to care what we think any more.”
Contributing: Nicholas Wu, Samuel Gaytan, John Bacon, Carly Mallenbaum and Gary Levin
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Publish date : 2019-08-06 12:33:35