Stephen Colbert reacted to the removal of peaceful protestors in Washington, D.C.
President Donald Trump delivered a Rose Garden address and then walked to the nearby St. John’s in what was meant to be a show of strength. Instead, it was another example of his hypocrisy says Late Show host Stephen Colbert.
The president’s tweets and public comments have not exactly reassured the country through this period of unrest. Demostrations and protests have been held in all 50 states, as well as around the world, in response to the death of George Floyd.
On Monday night, late night hosts like Colbert and Seth Meyers ripped President Trump for his response. Colbert admitted that moral leadership was not coming from the White House and it was time for Americans to be their own president.
Colbert only further cemented that sentiment during Tuesday night’s Late Show monologue. The comedian reacted to the dispersal of peaceful protestors so that President Trump could stage a photo op at St. John’s while holding a Bible.
Stephen Colbert argued President Trump proved he is no ally to protestors
The decision to use tear gas and rubber bullets to push the crowd of peaceful demonstrators away from St. John’s was immediately criticized. The president’s stunt was clearly ill-conceived and there was a demonstrated lack of planning on the part of the White House.
Colbert points out that these actions were in direct contradiction to what President Trump said just minutes earlier. He promised that he was an ally to all peaceful protestors yet failed in his first opportunity to prove it. It is another in a long line of examples Colbert has brought to The Late Show of the president’s hypocrisy.
When President Trump was asked to share his thoughts once he arrived at St. John’s, he only said that America was a great country. But even this was hypocritical argued Colbert since the White House used authoritarian tactics to set the stage.
Choosing St. John’s as the location for the stunt and using the Bible as a prop made things much worse in Colbert’s eyes. No late night host has been more open about his or her faith than Colbert so it was no surprise to see him hammer the president over the church photo op.
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