Jimmy Fallon Blasts Donald Trump Charlottesville Response In Powerful Two Minute Monologue
It has already become a colossal understatement to say the initial response by Republican Donald Trump to the domestic terror attack in Charlottesville was despicably weak. The response was so bad that white supremacists actually bragged about how wonderful it was for them. And even shows intended purely for comedy had to take a step away from the jokes on Monday and blast Trump’s terrible attempt at leadership.
Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon took two minutes out of his monologue to address the horror of the weekend. And Fallon, once heavily criticized for his interview of Trump during the 2016 campaign, did not hold back his frustration and disgust with the Republican and his choice to delay denouncement of white supremacist groups for days after the terror attack. Fallon began his rather powerful statement (video below):
Even though the Tonight Show is not a political show, it’s my responsibility to stand up to intolerance and extremism as a human being.
Fallon went on to recount watching the “disgusting” news play out with the overt displays of hate being so prominently displayed by white supremacists. He talked about the difficulty of trying to explain to his very young daughters why there is so much hate in the world when they don’t even understand what hate is yet. Then Fallon hammered Donald Trump for his godawful response.
But as kids grow up, they need people to look up to to show them what’s right and good. They need parents and teachers, and they need leaders who appeal to the best in us.
The fact that it took the president two days to come out and clearly denounce racists and white supremacists is shameful. And I think he finally spoke out because people everywhere stood up and said something. It’s important for everyone, especially white people in this country, to speak out against this. Ignoring it is just as bad as supporting it.
Fallon concluded by taking time to acknowledge the death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville and emphasized how so many had fought against this hatred and given their lives for the same reasons.
Meanwhile, the administration of Donald Trump faces renewed scrutiny for its cutting of funds to groups fighting right-wing violence. The administration’s initial budget plan called for millions of dollars to be cut from these programs. The cuts were eventually tempered in the final budget. But some groups fighting against extremist ideology like Life After Hate, saw hundreds of thousands of dollars cut from their grants.
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