After comparing America’s gun culture to Chernobyl on Monday, Stephen Colbert began Tuesday night’s Late Show with a few more pointed minutes on Donald Trump’s continued struggles to respond presidentially to the previous weekend’s shootings in Texas and Ohio — including a quick rundown of the El Paso officials who really don’t want a president whose rhetoric seems to have inspired the shooter.
“It really speaks to your leadership when a town in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy thinks you would bring the mood down,” Colbert said.
After reading out Barack Obama’s equally pointed statement on language from leaders that “normalizes racist sentiment” — without naming any leaders in particular — Colbert played a Fox News clip where the gang at Fox & Friends deduce that Obama’s statement might have been referring to Donald Trump. Aggrieved Fox host Brian Kilmeade went on to ask whether George W. Bush ever condemned Obama after Sandy Hook.
“Wait, why are you acting so offended?” Colbert wondered. “Obama didn’t say Trump was the racist — you just did.
“It’s like if you said ‘It’s time for someone to stop taking dumps on my lawn’ and your neighbor goes ‘You can’t prove I did it!’”