'Our Country Be Damned.' Late-Night Hosts Keep Slamming President Trump Over Charlottesville

'Our Country Be Damned.' Late-Night Hosts Keep Slamming President Trump Over Charlottesville
From TIME - August 17, 2017

President Donald Trump has issued a number of statements this week attempting to clarify his stance on the white supremacist and neo-Nazi rally that went from violent to deadly in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.

His consistent defense of the white supremacists who had incited violence against counter-protesters this weekend resulted in a host of backlash from politicians, celebrities and citizensas well as a number of business leaders who pulled their names from two presidential councils, which Trump later disbanded.

While the tragedy in Charlottesville resulted in a number of serious statements from late-night comedians this week, on Wednesday evening, the hosts jabbed Trump on a number of fronts relating to his controversial defense.

Here's how late-night comedians have tried to make sense of it all.

Stephen Colbert

A consistent critic of the president, Colbert reviewed Trump's differing comments on the Charlottesville including his off-script Tuesday press conference, "where Donald let Donald be Donald, the consequences and our country be damned." Colbert detailed Trump's press conference, where he said some of the white supremacists marching with torches were not Nazis and that both sides were to blame for the violence.

"But you know who loved what Donald Trump said? Donald Trump," Colbert said. "Aides say Trump was in a very good mood after the press conference and felt liberated. Liberated, freeemancipated, if you will."

"'Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty, I am free at last,'" Colbert said, imitating Trump. "'You like that? Melania wrote that. She's very good."

James Corden

Corden chose to focus on Trump's decision to disband his presidential councils after a number of CEOs resigned amid his defense of white supremacists. Saying Trump "ca not even manufacture manufacturing councils," Corden jabbed the president but expressed delight at the fact that Trump did not hold another press conference Wednesday.

"The CEOs of Intel and Under Armour both resigned, which means somehow Donald Trump figured out a way to lose the nerds and the jocks at the same time," Corden said.

"The CEO of the company 3M also resigned, and when Donald Trump asked why, they said that 3M does not want to be associated with the three Ks," he added.

Seth Meyers

Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Kimmel


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