Trump doubled down on his statement that “many sides” were responsible for the violence in Charlottesville last weekend during a combative press conference Tuesday morning. On last night’s Late Show, Stephen Colbert reacted to the president’s hedging.
As Trump put it during his press conference, “I think there’s blame on both sides, 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. “What the hell was that?”
In his wild speech, Trump wondered how far things will go if we allow Confederate memorials to be toppled, asking whether statues of Washington and Jefferson are soon to follow. “I’m going to say it stops at the people who tried to destroy the country that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson founded, but I’m just spitballing,” Colbert remarked.
Trump also said the “alt-left” was as much to blame as the “white supremacist alt-right.” “First of all, sir,” Colbert clarified, “the opposite of alt-right isn’t the alt-left, it’s the not-Nazis.” And in response to Trump’s suggestion that not all of the marchers were white supremacists and neo-Nazis, Colbert added, “That’s right, some of them were anti-Semites — it was very diverse.”