Seth Meyers has been consistently (and refreshingly) critical of the Trump administration throughout this long national nightmare, routinely breaking from the comedic Late Night format to share sobering thoughts on the state of the White House. Monday's Late Night was no different. In the wake of the Charlottesville terror attack, and Trump's reluctance to immediately condemn the neo-Nazi groups that see him as their unofficial leader, Meyers delivered a passionate opening statement questioning the former Apprentice host's ability to do even the most basic of presidential tasks.
"Saturday, there was yet another terror attack on American soil," Meyers said. "This one was allegedly perpetrated by a white supremacist named James Fields against a group of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. He drove his car into a crowd and killed a woman named Heather Heyer. It was a horrifying incident that left most of the country stunned and terrified. But on Saturday, you didn't hear her name, or the terrorist's name, or even the word terrorist, from our president."
After playing a clip of Trump's despicable "violence on many sides" statement, Meyers said any viewer feeling sickened by such comments is a "normal and decent person." Trump's belated mentioning of neo-Nazis in a new statement Monday, Meyers added, should only earn him "very partial" credit. Meyers then ran down "bitter little man" Trump's long history of racist behavior, including that Obama's birth certificate bullshit and the fact that Steve Bannon is in the White House. "You can stand for a nation, or you can stand for a hateful movement," Meyers said. "You can't do both."
Fallon, who previously gave Trump's hair a friendly tousle, also shared his thoughts on the Charlottesville terror attack Monday night. "The fact that it took the president two days to come out and clearly denounce racists and white supremacists is shameful," Fallon said.
Even though Trump did finally mention neo-Nazis and related hate groups in his awkward and clumsily presented comments Monday, he only did so after spending the first full minute of his speech bragging about himself and his administration.