Meyers didn't mince words when addressing Trump's defense of the rally in Charlottesville

By Nick Romano
August 17, 2017 at 08:28 AM EDT

A visibly livid Seth Meyers did not hold back when condemning President Donald Trump and his defense this week of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. “After being pressured into reading a carefully scripted statement denouncing Nazis on Monday, President Trump has spent the rest of the week showing us who he really is — and this is exciting — a lying racist,” he said on Late Night Wednesday.

Trump addressed the nation in a statement on Monday, denouncing “KKK, neo-Nazis, [and] white supremacists.” But whatever goodwill he hoped to regain was lost when he again called a CNN reporter “fake news,” shared a cartoon image of a “Trump” train hitting a CNN logo, and claimed there “were very fine people — on both sides” of the Charlottesville rally.

HBO’s VICE News Tonight went behind the scenes of the “Unite the Right” rally, which led to the death of a protestor after an alleged white supremacist drove his car into a crowd. Two State Troopers also died during a helicopter crash.

“I do think there’s blame on both sides,” Trump said during a press conference on Tuesday. “You look at both sides, I think there’s blame on both sides. I have no doubt about it and you have no doubt about it either. … You had people that were very fine people, on both sides.”

“No! There are no fine people marching with Nazis and white supremacists,” Meyers exclaimed. “No one gets accidentally caught up in a white supremacist rally. It just doesn’t happen, except for that one time on Seinfeld — and I would argue even George Costanza isn’t a fine person.”

To Trump’s claim that the white supremacists had gathered peacefully the night before with tiki torches to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Meyers played footage from the gathering of crowds chanting, “Jews will not replace us.” The Late Night host called Trump’s excuse that these people “had a permit” while the counter protesters did not to be “twisted logic.”

“Oh, the Nazis had a permit? Well, f–k me, I’m sorry! I had no idea. I had no idea,” Meyers said. “Also, of course they had a permit — they’re Nazis. Nazis’ main thing is having your papers. That’s like the one thing they’re good at.”

Meyers concluded, “So, is Donald Trump a racist? I’ll let you decide yes for yourself. But Trump isn’t just a racist, he’s also a narcissist. He defends the white nationalist movement both because he’s racist and because they show up and they chant his name and they show him love, and his brain disease makes it impossible for him to denounce anyone who supports him. What Tuesday showed is that Donald Trump will never change. He showed us again who he really is: a lying racist who’s desperate for praise.”

“If tomorrow the leader of ISIS came out and said, ‘Donald Trump is great,’ I am sure Donald Trump would say this…” he added, using a soundbite of Trump saying, “His statement was beautiful.”

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