Stephen Colbert Blasts John Kelly for His Racist and Ignorant Civil War Comments

CBS Late Show host Stephen Colbert criticized White House chief of staff John Kelly’s repulsive Civil War comments during his Tuesday show.


Kelly said during a Monday Fox News interview with host Laura Ingraham that the Civil War was caused by the “lack of an ability to compromise." He also said Confederate statues should remain in place.

“Men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where their conscience had to make their stand,” Kelly said of Confederates who defended the enslavement of black people.

“What do you mean there was a lack of compromise?” Colbert asked during a monologue. “The Civil War happened because of compromise: the Missouri Compromise, the Three-Fifths Compromise. You’re a general and you don’t know why the Civil War happened? What do you think caused World War II, a zoning issue?”

Colbert suggested Kelly may just be "willfully ignorant.”

“Because as the chief of staff, he’s now forced to defend the positions of an idiot.”

Watch the segment below.

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