Jimmy Fallon did not split hairs on Monday’s Tonight Show while discussing President Trump’s response (or lack thereof) to this weekend’s terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Va., in which a white supremacist allegedly mowed down dozens of counter protestors with his car, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others.
A somber Fallon — who came under fire last year for his kid-glove handling of then-candidate Trump — began his monologue by acknowledging, “The Tonight Show isn’t a political show,” before adding, “[But] it’s my responsibility to stand up to intolerance and extremism as a human being. What happened over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia was just disgusting.”
Fallon then took direct aim at Trump. “The fact that it took the President two days to come out and clearly denounce racists and white supremacists is shameful,” he lamented. “I think he finally spoke out because people everywhere stood up and said something… Ignoring it is just as bad as supporting it.”
Fallon’s late-night counterparts — including Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers — similarly tore into Trump, with Meyers striking the most serious tone. “The leader of our country is called “the President” because he’s supposed to preside over our country,” he said. “And if he does not preside over our society, then he is not a President. You can stand for a nation or you can stand for a hateful movement — you cannot do both.”
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— Fallon Tonight (@FallonTonight) August 15, 2017
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) August 15, 2017
— Late Night (@LateNightSeth) August 15, 2017