Jimmy Fallon, the least political talk show host on the late-night landscape, spoke up at the start of his Monday show about the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend — and President Trump’s response, calling it "shameful."
It was out of character for the usually boyish, agreeable Fallon, who looked visibly shaken and close to tears. He opened his remarks by saying, "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, who faced criticism for his chummy, hair-mussing interview with then-candidate Trump last year, said that as he was watching coverage of the deadly violence, his daughters, 2 and 4 years old, were playing in the next room.
"How can I explain to them that there’s so much hatred in this world?" he said. (For more national political news, sign up for the free White House Patch email newsletter.)
Fallon said his children pal around with kids of all races and ethnicities at the playground and aren’t aware of hate. But as they grow up, they’ll need people to look up to, like parents, teachers and leaders, he said.
"The fact that it took the president two days to come out and clearly denounce racists and white supremacists is shameful," said Fallon. "And I think he finally spoke out because people everywhere stood up and said something. It’s important for everyone, especially white people in this country, to speak out against this. Ignoring it is just as bad as supporting it."
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Jimmy takes a moment at the start of the show to address the events in #Charlottesville pic.twitter.com/gCvv1OM8gq— Fallon Tonight (@FallonTonight) August 15, 2017
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Photo: Host Jimmy Fallon attends the 74th Annual Golden Globes Preview Day at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 4 in Beverly Hills, California. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/ Getty Images Entertainment/ Getty Images