Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers slam “local terrorists” behind attack on US Capitol, GOP calls for unity – Deadline

Almost a week has passed since the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump, but January 6, 2020 will go down in history as a dark day for Americans.

On Monday’s episode of The late show, host Stephen Colbert noted that the fatal incident on Capitol Hill, which left six people dead, made him “more upset than he could ever remember.” Even more than September 11, he added.

“[9/11] It was the most horrific day in American history, but I want to stress that no American was encouraging terrorists back then, ”he said. “No one apologized to terrorists, no one pretended they weren’t terrorists.”

During his opening monologue, Colbert added that following further investigation, the violent storm on Capitol Hill was carefully planned. In addition to having Trump set a date and a meeting place for supporters, the late night host said rioters had gathered materials for what could have been a more deadly incident – including two bombs found outside the DNC and RNC buildings, and a truck containing eleven molotov cocktails.

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“This was a coordinated and planned attempt to terrorize, if not kill, our nation’s elected leaders,” Colbert said of the “local terrorists on a jihad jughead” who attacked the Capitol on Wednesday.

Shortly after news of the attack circulated across the country, and even the world, discussions of the impeachment and invocation of the 25th Amendment also made their way into the conversation. Trump’s removal, however, is “the bare minimum that we should expect from our elected leaders,” Seth Meyers said Monday.

“[Trump’s removal] is an urgent matter of national security and the bare minimum for the preservation of our crumbling democracy, ”said the late-night host during his“ A Closer Look ”segment.

As Democrats and other elected officials seek ways to remove Trump from office, notable GOP figures including Kevin McCarthy and Roy Blunt say impeachment and premature impeachment can still divide the country. However, these are the same elected officials who also called for unity after Wednesday’s violent incident.

To calls for unity from officials who disagree with Trump’s impeachment, Meyers asks, “How can we seek unity with the people who want confederation?”

See the Colbert and Meyers segments below.

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