The left-wing late-night network TV show hosts, who’ve for years mocked a ridiculed millions of conservative Americans, put their political puns aside on Wednesday night and lashed out in anger and frustration over the violence at the U.S. Capitol, offering lengthy lectures about the need for civility and calm.
“It was a terrible day in the history of this country,” said Jimmy Kimmel on his ABC show Wednesday. Over on CBS, Stephen Colbert called it “a horrifying day that will go down in U.S. history, however much longer that is.”
They were reacting to footage several hours earlier of violence that erupted after many thousands attended a peaceful pro-Trump Save America March in Washington D.C. Some agitators broke through barricades, pounded through Capitol building windows and doors, flooded into the Senate, forcing lawmakers into hiding. Tear gas was used in the Rotunda.