'The only thing I'm doubting is whether you're still going to be president by Friday'
Stephen Colbert is now the latest to rip Donald Trump’s Tuesday statement on the violent white nationalist riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the president blamed “both sides” for the events that left one woman dead and 19 others injured after a man drove his car into a crowd of counter-protestors.
On Tuesday’s Late Show, the host criticized Trump for saying he has “no doubt about” the white nationalists, Neo-Nazis, and KKK not being the sole culprits in the events that transpired over the weekend.
“The only thing I’m doubting is whether you’re still going to be president by Friday,” declared Colbert. “Because what the hell are you talking about?”
Colbert then broke into a Trump impersonation: “You know, one side hates minorities, the other side hates people who hate minorities. Okay? Two sides. All right? It’s just like D-Day. Remember, D-Day: two sides, Allies and the Nazis. There was a lot of violence on both sides.”
Speaking Tuesday during an unruly press conference that was roundly denounced, Trump asked, “What about the alt-left that came charging at the — as you say — the alt-right? Do they have any semblance of guilt? What about the fact that they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do.”
Colbert seized on that remark: “First of all, sir, the opposite of alt-right isn’t the alt-left. It’s the not-Nazis.”
During his remarks, Trump also conflated Confederate leader Robert E. Lee, whose statue is at the center of the protests, with President George Washington and President Thomas Jefferson. “This week, it’s Robert E. Lee. I noticed Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder, is it George Washington next week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?”
Colbert took it upon himself to answer: “Okay, self, where does it stop? I’m going to say it stops at the people who tried to destroy the country that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson founded.”
Later on Twitter, Colbert continued to share his thoughts on Trump’s comments. Along with a clip from the president’s speech, he wrote, “‘I don’t agree with the Nazis, but they had a permit for Normandy & the Allies didn’t’ -Donald Trump.”
Watch the clip above.
The Late Show airs on CBS at 11:35 p.m ET.