Seth Meyers said Donald Trump hit a “new low” for his remarks in the wake of the mass shooting at an Orlando, Florida gay nightclub on Sunday.
“When it comes to bigotry, Trump keeps upping his game,” Meyers said on Tuesday’s episode of Late Night. “He’s like if Joseph McCarthy was exposed to gamma radiation and became a racist orange Hulk with tiny hands. Hulk mad, hands too small to smash.”
After the shooting, which left 49 people dead, Trump reiterated that as president he “will suspend immigration from areas of the world where there’s a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies until we fully understand how to end these threats.” (The Orlando murderer, Omar Mateen, was an American citizen, born in New York to parents who came to America from Afghanistan in the 1980s.) Trump later criticized President Barack Obama for his response to the attack, saying “there’s something going on” because Obama didn’t mention “radical Islam” in his post-shooting remarks.
After headlines, including in the Washington Post, slammed the presumed Republican presidential nominee for seeming to connect Obama with terrorist groups, Trump said, “Well, you know, I’ll let people figure that out for themselves … [because] to be honest with you, there certainly doesn’t seem to be a lot anger or passion when he — when we want to demand retribution for what happened over the weekend.” Trump also banned the Washington Post from receiving press credentials to cover his campaign.
“Trump’s vague innuendo is no accident. This is a strategy he uses to try to appeal to the outer fringes while also avoiding accountability,” Meyers added, before addressing the Post ban.
“As for the Washington Post, we here at Late Night believe in freedom of the press and therefore have decided to stand in solidarity with them,” Meyers said. “So as long as the Washington Post is banned from Donald Trump’s campaign, Donald Trump will be banned from ever coming on this show.” He then joked, “To be fair, he wasn’t coming on anyway. He had no interest in being here.”
Meyers also blasted Trump for his post-Orlando comments about Muslim men and women, where he said “we cannot continue to allow thousands upon thousands of people to pour into our country many of whom have the same thought process as this savage killer.”
“To be clear, this is bigotry, plain and simple,” Meyers said of Trump’s remarks. “To claim that any group of people — immigrants or anyone else — has anything in common with a terrorist murderer based simply on their ethnic background or religion or where they’re from is dangerous and wrong.”
Watch the whole segment below.
Meyers wasn’t the only late-night host to attack Trump for his rhetoric. Late Show host Stephen Colbert slammed Trump’s Orlando response by drawing a swastika.