Scaramucci Calls Nazis 'Super Bad,' Tells Colbert Trump Needed to Be 'Way Harsher' on White Supremacy
All of the late night comedians turned serious Monday night, slamming the president for his actions following the Charlottesville attack.
Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci appeared on The Late Show Monday night, commenting on Saturday's attack in Charlottesville with host Stephen Colbert.
The polarizing former Trump staffer walked out to a chorus of boos from the crowd as Colbert introduced him.
“I will pretend those are Mooches," Scaramucci said as he took his seat.
Colbert wasted no time as he asked the businessman about his stance on the violent white supremacist movement, the violence over the weekend in Charlottesville and the president's response to it.
"I promised you no 'gotcha' questions, but I'm going to lead with one," Colbert said. "Nazis: Good or bad?"
"Super bad," Scaramucci replied.
Colbert then brought up Trump’s Saturday afternoon press conference where he was criticized for not mentioning the Ku Klux Klan, Nazis or white supremacy by name.
The host asked why Scaramucci’s former boss would “shank a softball like that so hard” and not hit back at “the people who were there to start violence."
Scaramucci said Trump needed to be “way harsher” on his stance and not address the issue as “many sides” like he did over the weekend adding the president “should've condemned white supremacy and neo-Nazis."
Scaramucci said it was “the president himself” who stopped himself from being harsh on the hate groups.
The former communications director then tried to defend his old boss by addressing the speech Trump gave Monday where he called out the hate groups by name and said he was a “compassionate person,” which was met with more boos from the crowd.
The businessman said Trump has a “tough job” as Colbert ridiculed Scaramucci’s defense of the president, asking why it took so long to call out the hate groups.
"Two days later," Colbert said. "Does he order his spine on Amazon Prime? Why did it take so long?"
The events that occurred in Charlottesville over the weekend were on the minds of all of the late night hosts who had their tapings Monday.
Minnesota Senator Al Franken appeared on Conan and recounted the horrific news of one 32-year-old killed in the attack and asked why white supremacist groups went to Charlottesville in the first place.
Franken then turned his attention to the president's handling of the situation.
“President Trump, instead of condemning the white supremacists, just went out and said: ‘I condemn [all sides].’ I thought that was horrible. It was very him. Finally, I guess today, he said something that would have been fine if he said it two days ago about these white supremacists,” he said. “Unfortunately, I don’t know why on that first day he did not condemn what they did and I fear that he thinks this is part of his base or something.”
Jimmy Fallon got choked up on The Tonight Show as he kicked off Monday’s episode.
During the opening monologue, he expressed his outrage at what happened in Virginia and the difficulty of explaining the tragedy to his children.
As he took the stage Monday night, the usually goofy and humorous host struck a more serious chord, saying, “Normally, The Tonight Show is not a political show; it is my responsibility to stand up against intolerance and extremism as a human being.”
“What happened over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va., was just disgusting. I was watching the news like everyone else and you were seeing Nazi flags and torches and white supremacists and I was sick to my stomach,” the host said, his voice cracking. “My daughters were in the next room playing and I thought, ‘How could I explain to them that there is so much hatred in this world?’ They are 2 years old and 4 years old, they don’t know what hate is.”
Fallon then expressed that his children have friends of all races and backgrounds and added that as “kids grow up, they need people to look up to.”
Fallon, who in the past has been chastised for being more playful and less critical with Trump — including a moment in 2016 where he messed up the then-candidate's hair — then slammed the president for his rhetoric and demanded to know why it took him so long to call the extremists out by name.
“The fact that it took the president two days to clearly come out and denounce racists and white supremacists is shameful,” the host said as the studio audience sat stunned. “I think he finally spoke out because people everywhere stood up and said something. It is important for everyone, especially white people in this country, to speak out against it. Ignoring it is just as bad as supporting it.”
Fallon’s fellow NBC night host, Seth Meyers, took the president to task about his rhetoric from Saturday’s press conference where Trump called the events “an egregious display of hatred on many sides" on Late Night.
"On many sides? If that choice of words made you sick to your stomach – congratulations, you are a normal and decent person,” Meyers said.
The host then chastised Trump for waiting two days to condemn the white supremacists by name, saying: “pencils down for this subject was Saturday evening.”
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