Stephen Colbert kicked off his show on Monday with an outpouring of appreciate and sympathy to the Muslim neighborhood and the people today of New Zealand immediately after Friday’s terror attack that killed 50 in that nation.

“All of our hearts go out to these at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques and the fantastic people today of New Zealand,” he mentioned, ahead of turning his consideration to Donald Trump’s response to the tragedy. He began with a clip of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who mentioned she spoke with Trump immediately after the attack, who provided his condolences.

When Trump asked her what America could do to help them, Arden mentioned in a press conference, “My message was sympathy and appreciate for all Muslim communities.”

“That is not truly Trump’s brand,” Colbert mentioned. “Trump has problems displaying appreciate for points that are not him. And he has a specifically terrible record with Muslims in this regard, so he’s in a bind.”

He went on to clarify, “On the a single had, immediately after a terrorist attack, to condemn the extremist ideology of the terrorists must be a slam dunk. On the other hand, he cannot jump. Also, he under no circumstances, ever condemns the racists.”

Colbert showed a clip of Trump in the wake of this most recent terror attack exactly where Trump mentioned he did not think there is an challenge with white supremacy, alternatively suggesting there are just a couple of terrible groups or men and women.

The “Late Show” host then ran down a list of comparable presidential responses to racially charged incidents from Charlottesville to calling Africa and Haiti s–thole nations, concluding with the believed, “I am just saying if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, then why does it retain goose-stepping?”

Trump’s chief of employees Mick Mulvaney was additional defensive, answering a query that wasn’t even asked on Fox News Sunday. When Chris Wallace asked why Trump does not outright condemn white supremacy, Mulvaney responded, “The president is not a white supremacist. I am not positive how lots of occasions we have to say that.”

Then elsewhere, he mentioned, “I never feel anyone could say that the president is anti-Muslim.”

When the camera reduce back to Colbert, he was up close and staring straight into it. “The president is anti-Muslim,” he mentioned.

Just after a moment, he marveled, “That was essentially type of quick. That wasn’t tough at all.”

Later in the show, Colbert revealed that he and the employees have been essentially poised to take Ardern up on an present to go to New Zealand, leaving as quickly as Wednesday.

Colbert, who is a enormous “Lord of the Rings” fan and was down there a decade ago to film his modest part in “The Hobbit” prequel trilogy, was going to come to be an honorary citizen. He mentioned he hopes to reschedule their trip for a different time. In the meantime, he had a want for the nation.

“I pray with all my heart that they take the action down there and have the courage to take action that we appear to lack up right here in the United States,” he mentioned. And it appears like that might just take place, as Ardern has promised stricter gun manage laws in the wake of this tragedy, and it appears like she has her government’s help to make it take place.

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