In what has become an all-too-familiar headline in recent days, a terrorist killed 13 people in Barcelona by ramming a van into a crowd of tourists. President Trump was quick to denounce terrorism, but then took his response even farther. On Thursday’s Late Show, Stephen Colbert reacted to Trump’s response, which featured a widely debunked claim.
“Before we begin, I want to send out our thoughts to the people of Barcelona, Spain, who suffered a horrific attack today,” Stephen began. “A vehicle drove into a crowd in that city, killing at least 12 people and injuring dozens more. This is a heartbreaking reminder that evil is real and the United States is not alone in fighting it.”
Shortly after the attack, Trump tweeted, “‘The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough and strong, we love you!’”
“Thank you, sir. “Simple, dignified, presidential. That’s what you want. That’s what you hope for. That’s all you can ask. He’s right. We love you, Spain. And I was sincerely happy to see that kind of moral leadership from our president…for about 45 minutes,” Colbert remarked.
Because Trump’s next called for Americans to remember what General Pershing did to terrorists, referencing a widely debunked myth that the general executed Muslims with bullets dipped in pig blood.
“So this story is complete nonsense,” Colbert said. “However, one thing about General Pershing that is true is this quote of his: ‘A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops.’”
Maybe Trump will tweet that out next.