Stephen Colbert Issues A Challenge To Trump

By on October 4, 2017
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Following the mass shooting in Las Vegas in which a man firing from the 32 floor of a hotel room killed 59 people and injured hundreds more, Late Show host Stephen Colbert began his program by issuing a challenge to Donald Trump to be the “transformative President” he promised to be and pass gun control legislation.

A thoughtful Colbert commenced his monologue by saying, “Obviously this a comedy show but it’s one that talks about what happens everyday.”

After telling his audience that jokes were not appropriate, Colbert quoted Trump’s assessment of the mass shooting.

“This afternoon the President called this an act of pure evil. And I think he’s right,” said Colbert. “So what then are we willing to do to combat pure evil?”

Speaking now directly to the President, Colbert said, “Doing nothing is cowardice. Doing something will take courage.”

Colbert noted that the concert goers who tried to help one another amid the shooting, the first responders, and the very people of Las Vegas that tried to get through the day after the tragedy all displayed courage.

“Now, President Trump, you said you want to be a transformative President, who doesn’t care about the way things have always been done in Washington D.C.,” said Colbert. “This is your chance to prove it. And I mean this sincerely. You do not owe the Republicans anything. You know the Republicans tried to stop you from being president. Well, screw ‘em!”

Colbert posited that if Trump really wanted to “Make America Great Again,” then he could do so by doing “something the last two Presidents haven’t been able to do: pass any kind of common sense gun legislation that the vast majority of Americans want.”

“Because if we are facing pure evil then by all means offer thought and prayers but think about what you ought to do, and then pray for the courage to do it,”said Colbert.