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'There are no fine people marching with Nazis’: Seth Meyers on Trump's Charlottesville response

By Elahe Izadi

August 17, 2017 at 1:08 PM

The events in Charlottesville and the ongoing fallout continue to dominate late-night comedy, where hosts have transitioned from serious monologues to telling harsh jokes about President Trump's response.

Seth Meyers has been among the late-night hosts most critical of Trump, and he devoted Wednesday's "A Closer Look" segment to parsing Trump's reaction to the violent clashes during a white supremacist rally that led to three deaths and more than a dozen injuries.

"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," the NBC "Late Night" host said.

Meyers spent 12 minutes going after Trump's delayed response, his Tuesday news conference, his tweets about the media and pushback against reporters.

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Late-night comedians Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers and others delivered scathing monologues on President Trump's news conference about the horrific violence in Charlottesville. (The Washington Post)

On Monday, Trump denounced neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan by name. But on Tuesday, he echoed his initial Saturday response and said that not all of those who participated in the rally were Nazis and white nationalists and that they had been treated "absolutely unfairly" by the press. "You had some very bad people in that group," Trump added, "but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides."

"No," Meyers said. "There are no 'fine people' marching with Nazis and white supremacists. 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 very fine person."

Here's a rundown of Meyers's other jokes:

Meyers added: "Look at how fragile this man's ego is: He literally wants the TV to tell him, 'Breaking news: What Donny said was very nice. He is good boy.'"

"It's weird," Meyers said, "because that statement isn't correct."

"As soon as it was noticed?" Meyers asked. "It's the president's Twitter feed. He has 36 million followers — or if you ask him, 300 million followers."

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Elahe Izadi is a pop culture writer for The Washington Post.

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