Donald Trump was slammed by Stephen Colbert on Tuesday’s episode of The Late Show for comments Trump has made about the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Referring to Trump’s various statements about the shooting that left 49 people dead, Colbert takes Trump up on a statement he made where he said people should work things out about President Obama’s response to the shooting for themselves. Over the past few days, Trump has made comments ranging from the incorrect statement that Omar Mateen was “Afghan-born” (he was born in New York), his renewed pledge to stop immigration from countries that have a proven history of terrorism against the United States, and innuendos about the reaction, or non-reaction as is apparently the case, from President Obama. Colbert didn’t hesitate to jump on many of these things.
Colbert’s comments came after numerous missteps by Trump in the wake of unspeakable tragedy. Immediately after the shooting in Orlando, Trump took to Twitter to say “I told you so,” followed quickly by a speech where he once again called for a ban on Muslims immigrating to the United States. But the most bizarre part came when Trump stated that President Obama had “something else in mind” that “people can’t believe” because he wasn’t angry enough. He never quite says what that something else is, instead saying he will let people figure that out for themselves. Colbert is unable to resist that challenge and pulls out a board to do his own flow chart of sorts and winds up with a swastika drawing.
This is certainly not the first time that Colbert has gone after Trump, and it won’t be the last. Just last week, he ripped him apart in his opening monologue over his comments regarding the judge in his Trump University case and his “my African-American” comment.
Colbert’s attacks on Donald Trump saw him reminiscing about the days when Trump was bragging about the size of his genitals, rather than talking about his horrible foreign policy plans. He also mocks Trump saying that he refuses to be politically correct, modifying to say he just refuses to be correct…period.
Many nighttime talk show hosts have been skewering politicians for their overall lackluster response to the Orlando shootings, with hosts like Samantha Bee expressing her anger and frustration at the lack of any substantive policy to combat these tragedies. Bee’s comments earned her praise from Salon for having the “strongest and most effective” reaction of the late-night crowd.
— Lady Rizo (@LadyRizo) June 16, 2016
While the majority of these shows are there to provide comedic relief, it is impossible to simply ignore the severity and horror of mass shootings. Naturally, there was a humorous undertone when Colbert slammed Presidential hopeful Donald Trump, but ultimately he is saying what a lot of people are thinking. Television hosts, politicians, and everyday citizens have taken to social media and the airways to express their disgust at Trump’s comments. Celebrities were particularly hard on Trump with stars like George Takei, John Legend, and Olivia Wilde unleashing on him. Some conservatives were equally appalled by his comments, with John McCain’s daughter Meghan and GOP strategist Ana Navarro calling him out.
Once again, Donald, you have shown why you cannot lead us. 50 people are dead, and you bask in congratulations. https://t.co/pUN7ceAff7
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 12, 2016
Trump is truly an awful person. https://t.co/vQp3CQ9Nmv
— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 12, 2016
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 12, 2016
.@realDonaldTrump You’re congratulating yourself because 50 people are dead this morning in a horrific tragedy?
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) June 12, 2016
Translating Trump: “20 people are dead. 42 people are injured. But of course, 1st, it’s all about Me. Me. Me.” Ugh. https://t.co/TDNOqtztvY
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) June 12, 2016
Stephen Colbert faced criticism in September 2015, when many felt his interview with Donald Trump was soft. Colbert apologized to Trump several times throughout that interview for the various jokes that he has cracked at Trump’s expense over the years. Since then, however, Colbert has been attacking him regularly, including a mock “debate” where he used clips of things Trump has said over the years that contradict each other. With this barrage of insults and attacks, it seems unlikely that we will see Donald Trump visit The Late Show again before the election.
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