Comedian Jimmy Fallon turned serious late Monday, calling the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia “just disgusting” to witness.
“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,” he said on NBC. “What happened over the weekend in Virginia was just disgusting.”
“I was watching the news like everyone else and you’re seeing like Nazi flags and torches and white supremacists,” Fallon added. “I was sick to my stomach.”
“My daughters were in the next room playing and I’m thinking, ‘How can I explain to them there’s so much hatred in this world?’ They’re two-years-old and four-years-old. They don’t know what hate is.”
Fallon added that he is disappointed in President Trump’s response to the presence of white nationalists in Charlottesville last weekend.
“The fact that it took the president two days to come out and clearly denounce racists and white supremacists is shameful,” he said. "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.”
Trump on Monday declared that “racism is evil” after widespread criticism for not singling out white supremacist groups for their role in last weekend’s bloodshed.
“Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the [Ku Klux Klan], neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other groups that are repugnant to what we hold dear as Americans,” he said at the White House.
Encounters between white nationalists and counter-protesters turned heated in Charlottesville last weekend, ultimately resulting in three deaths.
One person died when a car drove into demonstrators last Saturday, while two Virginia State Police Department officers were killed in a helicopter crash linked to Charlottesville’s unrest.