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Late-night hosts reacted to the mass shootings that devastated communities in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton Ohio, slamming President Donald Trump, calling for gun control and urging lawmakers to “**** do something” in the wake of the devastation.
The Late Night host Seth Meyers called Trump “the racist uncle at the family gathering” who is incapable of unifying the nation due to the “racist vitriol he’s spewed since he launched his campaign.”
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“It’s hard to take anything he reads off a teleprompter seriously after all his previous comments,” Meyers said. “All decent people, everywhere, should set themselves to the task of stopping this and expressing solidarity with and support for the oppressed and marginalized communities targeted by this hatred and violence.”
He said “our political leaders should have to answer for where they stand on these issues” and argued that the NRA’s grip on Republican politicians is keeping them from doing something to address gun violence, despite the fact that the NRA had nothing to do with the attacks.
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“These guys have to pretend this is some sort of unsolvable problem because they’re beholden to powerful lobbies like gun manufacturers and the NRA,” Meyers said while dismissing critiques of violent video games. “You’re blaming video games?! You do know that other countries have video games too, right? Japan has a huge gaming culture and very few gun deaths. If video games were so influential, they should make one about Congress called ‘**** Do Something.’”
Late Show host Stephen Colbert declared that “America’s gun culture is melting down” and took direct aim at McConnell for refusing to bring the House-approved universal background check measure to a vote.
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“Well, I think at this point it’s clear that America’s gun culture is melting down. But the Republicans in Congress would rather maintain their power than save lives,” Colbert said....
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