On Monday’s Late Night, Seth Meyers reacted to the tragic event that took over Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend as neo-Nazis descended on the town.
“On Saturday, there was yet another terror attack on American soil, allegedly perpetrated by a white supremacist,” Meyers said of the death of Heather Heyer after a white nationalist ran his car into a group of pedestrians Saturday.
“But on Saturday, you didn’t hear her name or the terrorist’s name or even the word ‘terrorist’ from our president,” Meyers lamented. Trump instead spoke out against the violence “on many sides.”
“On many sides,” Meyers exclaimed. “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.”
“The leader of our country is called a president because he’s supposed preside over our society. 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.”
“You can stand for a nation, or you can stand for a hateful movement,” Meyers said. “You cannot do both. And if you don’t make the right choice, I’m confident that the American voter will.”
Meyers went on to use his longer “A Closer Look” segment to discuss the events in Charlottesville and the administration’s slow response to the hate-fueled killing of an innocent protester.