Late-night hosts address the coverage of mass gun violence in America, from Fox News distractions to Trumps visit to El Paso
On The Daily Show, Trevor Noah continued to address this weekends deadly shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, as he debunked conservative commentators attempts to distract from the issue of guns.
While many legislators are seeking to expand background checks, reinstate the assault weapons ban or ban high-capacity magazines, according to [former Arkanasas governor Mike] Huckabee and many people on the right, the real problem in America is not access to guns, its a lack of access to God.
Besides religion, Fox News also known as the Presidential Advisory Network, according to Noah also proposed better parenting. Its not the worst argument in the world, Noah admitted; it does help young men to have a stable family life. But its also hard to have a stable family life if your dad is getting gunned down at a Walmart.
Finally, Noah examined the logic of the Fox News host Sean Hannity, who insisted on his show post-El Paso that the safest path forward was an armed guard in every hall of every school and mall.
Every hall of every mall? That sounds like the bleakest Dr Seuss book ever, Noah said, riffing: In every hall of every mall, on every floor and every door, we need a guard in every room or well end up in the tomb.
Fixing the problem with more guns is not a new idea, Noah said, but what Hannity and others seem to forget is that guns are everywhere in America. An armed guard could not stop the carnage at Parkland. The police did everything right in Dayton subduing the shooter in less than 30 seconds but he still killed nine people.
Guns are everywhere, Noah said, so are you going to put an armed guard in every Walmart? Every movie theater, every synagogue, every mosque, every church, every office building, every bar, every nightclub, every concert, every garlic festival?
The strangest part of this logic for him, Noah concluded, was this: Hannity and Fox News talk every day about protecting American freedoms, but if everyone in America is forced to live in a world of perimeter fences, metal detectors and armed guards in every hall, then it starts to feel like society is living in a prison, and the only thing thats free is the gun.
One of the disheartening aspects of the aftermath of any one of these tragedies, far too many, is how predictable every stage will be, Stephen Colbert said to open his second show since the shootings that claimed 31 lives this weekend. It makes you feel as though you are living the same tragedy over and over again.
One of those typical stages is the president paying condolences at the site of the tragedy, as Donald Trump was scheduled to do on Wednesday in El Paso. Theres just one problem, Colbert said: El Paso doesnt want him to visit. The citys Democratic representative, Veronica Escobar, said on TV that from my perspective, he is not welcome here.
It really speaks to your leadership when a town in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy thinks you would bring the mood down, Colbert said.
The situation is doubly awkward, Colbert added, because the president still owes the city of El Paso $470,000 after he hosted a rally there in February. The city claims it has sent Trump multiple invoices, with one from the comptroller reading: We realize this may be an oversight on your part.
Colbert had a short answer for that question: Nope.
Trump famously doesnt pay anybody. He owes $20,000 to the leave a penny, take a penny industry.
On Late Night, Seth Meyers focused on the New York Timess headline on Trumps national address over the shootings. After four years of spewing racist, anti-immigrant vitriol, President Trump read a scripted denunciation off the teleprompter yesterday, Meyers said, a speech the Times headlined: Trump urges unity vs. racism. (Facing criticism, the paper changed the headline for subsequent editions.)
In a segment called Hey! Meyers broke down the headlines inaccuracy. You cant say someone urged something when they do it completely without urgency, he said. [Trump is] already back to quoting Fox News and attacking people on Twitter again today. A better headline wouldve been: Teleprompter urges unity while old man watches.
The headline was so weird, Meyers joked, it was like when you read a newspaper left behind by a time traveler in a sci-fi movie and realize youre in an alternate timeline Trump urges unity? Cleveland Browns win Super Bowl?
New York Times, we depend on you, Meyers concluded. We need you to learn the lessons of 2016, and one of them is dont just uncritically repeat whatever this president reads off a teleprompter, because he never means it.
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