Whether it’s a mass shooting or a shooting by police, politicians sure know how to make things worse.
Comedian Seth Meyers began his “Closer Look” series with the cover of the New York Post, which is notorious for its inflammatory headlines. Meyers was grateful this time they went with “Civil War” instead of what they were probably going to use, “Yay, Civil War!”
Just moments before the shooting in Dallas, the police department posted photos of how peaceful the protests were and even featured a photo of a white officer and a black officer standing with a man holding a sign reading “no justice no peace.” Meyers assures, “there was never a photo that friendly during the real Civil War, unless there’s some Ulysses S. Grant-Robert E. Lee selfie I’m unaware of.”
“Vitriol and inflammatory rhetoric only make it more difficult to have the kind of constructive dialogue we need right now,” Meyers said. “And while many offered calm sobering responses, others used the occasion to unfairly blame peaceful protesters or political opponents.”
Take media troll Louie Gohmert, for example. Rather than calling for calm or peace, the Texas Republican immediately attacked President Barack Obama. Gohmert went all the way back to high school to mention his black coach who “used his race to bring us together.” Meyers found this a little troubling. “I’m not sure it’s a good sign you had to go all the way back to high school to think of a black person you liked. And he used his race to bring you together? Did you go to high school at ‘Remember the Titans?’”