Stephen Colbert on Monday challenged Donald Trump to do something—“anything”—about the pure evil perpetrated in Las Vegas on Sunday, inviting the president to “screw” the Republicans who tried to stop him from being president by passing common sense gun control legislation.
“Terrible things happen in the world,” Colbert began Monday, one day after a horrific massacre on the Las Vegas strip left 59 people dead and over 500 wounded. “Sometimes, like today, we feel that they’ve risen to a new level. But we can’t accept that as a new normal. Today, the president called this an ‘act of pure evil,’ and I think he’s right.”
“So, what, then, are we willing to do to combat ‘pure evil?’” Colbert asked. “The answer can’t be nothing. It can’t.”
Colbert noted right now “the bar is so low that Congress can be heroes by doing literally anything” about gun violence in the United States.
“Doing nothing is cowardice,” Colbert said. “Doing something will take courage. But you know what, it took courage for the people at that concert last night to help each other as bullets flew, and courage for the first responders to rush in and do their jobs. It took courage for people in Las Vegas simply to go about their day today.”
Colbert then issued a challenge to Trump.
“President Trump, you’ve said you want to be a transformative president who doesn’t care about the way things have always been done in Washington,” Colbert said. “This is your chance to prove it. I mean this sincerely, you don’t owe the Republicans anything. You know the Republicans tried to stop you from being president. Screw ‘em!”
“Want to make America great again?” he continued. “Do something the last two presidents haven’t been able to do: pass any kind of common sense gun control legislation that the vast majority of Americans want. Because if we are facing ‘pure evil,’ then by all means offer thoughts and prayers. But think about what you need to do, and pray for the courage to do it.”
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