Stephen Colbert played the “good cop” to Jimmy Kimmel’s “bad cop” in urging President Donald Trump to enact “common sense gun control,” which brought a strong warning from former adviser Steve Bannon.
Kimmel’s rambling, tearful 10-minute monologue Monday night included the following:
"There are a lot of things we could do about it. But we don’t, which is interesting because when someone with a beard attacks us, we tap phones, we invoke travel bans, we build walls, we take every possible precaution to make sure it doesn’t happen again. But when an American buys a gun and kills other Americans, then there’s nothing we can do about that …
We’ll pray for Las Vegas, some of us will get motivated, some of us won’t get motivated, bills will be written, they’ll be watered down, they’ll fail, the NRA will smother it all with money, and with time, we’ll get distracted, and we’ll move on to the next thing. And then it will happen again, and again ...
President Trump is visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday; he spoke this morning, said he is praying for those who lost their lives. You know, in February, he also signed a bill that made it easier for people with severe mental illness to buy guns legally. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and a number of other lawmakers who won’t do anything about this … also sent their thoughts and their prayers today—which is good, they should be praying—and they should be praying for God to forgive them for letting the gun lobby run this country."
Much of the rant included a number of liberal political false canards, which drew criticism from a number of fronts. Colbert, however, who has taken a number of vicious shots at the president in the past, took a different tack.
During his own monologue, he said:
"This afternoon 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? The answer can’t be nothing. It can’t.
And now President Trump, you’ve said you wanted to be a transformative president who doesn’t care about the way things have always been done in Washington, D.C. This is your chance to prove it and I mean this sincerely.
You do not owe the Republicans anything. You know the Republicans tried to stop you from being president ... You wanna make America great again? 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 wants.
Because if we are facing pure evil, then by all means, offer thoughts and prayers, but think about what you need to do and then pray for the courage to do it."
That the Left is using the Las Vegas shooting as an opportunity to once again attack Americans’ Second Amendment rights is nothing new. But, if the president entertains the idea, his former chief strategist, Breitbart News Chairman Steve Bannon, has said it will only end in disaster.
In response to questions from Axios, he reportedly said:
"Impossible: will be the end of everything."