Fallon Blasts Trump on Charlottesville: 'Shameful'

Late-night host said seeing white supremacists made him 'sick to my stomach'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2017 6:38 AM CDT

Jimmy Fallon once caught a lot of flak for mussing Donald Trump's hair, but now that Trump actually is president, Fallon is getting a lot more serious, Mashable reports. On Monday's Tonight Show, Fallon addressed the violence in Charlottesville, Va., leading to the deaths of Heather Heyer and two state troopers, and specifically called out the commander in chief for his reaction. "Even though the Tonight Show isn't a political show, it's my responsibility to stand up against intolerance and extremism as a human being," Fallon said.

He called what he witnessed on the news "disgusting" and said he was "sick to my stomach" to see the white supremacists on display, adding that he wondered how he could ever explain such a thing to his 2- and 4-year-old daughters. "As kids grow up, they need people to look up to," he said, adding: "They need leaders who appeal to the best in us." Trump fell short of that bar for Fallon, who noted, "The fact that it took the president two days to come out and clearly denounce racists and white supremacists is shameful." Fallon also paid tribute to Heyer, and implored people to "acknowledge that racism exists and stand up for what is right, civil, and kind. ... We can't go backward." His words here. (Fallon isn't the only one blasting Trump.)

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