James Corden shared a message of hope with his audience after violence erupted in the Capitol building on Wednesday.
The late-night host was among the first to comment on the events that unfolded on Capitol Hill in his opening monologue, which was shared ahead of its Wednesday night broadcast on CBS. In it, the host, who operates out of his garage due to the increase in coronavirus cases in Los Angeles, looked visibly shaken as he reviewed the events that happened earlier in the day.
“What a crazy… sad day,” he began. “A day that will remain dark in America’s long history. We all sat down today, glued to photos of Trump supporters walking on Capitol Hill, fighting with the police, shouting in chambers of Congress or shouting out. blatantly a selfie sitting with your feet in government offices. “
The host, like many celebrities, then turned his attention to Donald Trump’s role in the situation.
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“Then, under the guise of trying to calm the situation down, their hero, the President, posted a message this afternoon to tell his supporters that they are special and that we love you. I wouldn’t even imagine his treatment or response to these people if they wore Black Lives Matter hats instead of the red MAGA ones, ”he said.
The British comedian noted that, despite the anger or despair people may feel as a result of what happened, he says growing up idolizing America from afar helps him maintain hope for the nation.
“Because I think if there is one thing we can have after the last month in this country, it is hope,” he continued. “You know, as a foreigner growing up in England, I used to think of America as this beacon of light and possibility. A place where anything can happen, a place where you would be lucky to work. . A place where a lot of people I knew I used to fantasize about life here. A place that gives an individual more opportunities than he would have elsewhere but cares about his neighbor. “
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He continued, “Today people all over the world would have looked at those photos of Washington and wondered ‘what happened to this great country? But I sincerely believe, and make no mistake, that they know the America they admire still exists. They know that the America that so many aspire to will be back. She has just been hijacked by a madman and his mad army for the end of four years. “
Corden went on to note that people have reason to be hopeful because, in two weeks, “on those same stages, where this mob fought and pushed the police through, Joe Biden will be sworn in as president. the United States.”
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He then noted how inspired he felt to see the victory of Democratic Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in Georgia, whose victory on Wednesday solidified the party’s control over the Senate for Biden’s presidency.
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“Today was the last dance of the worst party we’ve ever attended,” Corden concluded. “So if you can, have hope. You’ve seen the last two weeks that the vote counts, the change is coming, the science is real, the vaccines are on the way. I really believe there are times. better to come. “