Hollywood Stunned by Trump's Lashing Out at "Alt-Left"

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"Wow. Wow."

Jake Tapper summed up what many who tuned into President Donald Trump's press conference on Tuesday were thinking. "Wow. Wow," the CNN anchor said, sharing his immediate take-away at the end of Trump's rambling televised address about this weekend's clashes in Charlottesville, Va.

Speaking from his Trump Tower in Manhattan, the president backtracked on his Monday statement on the deadly rally, again placing blame for the violence on "both sides."

"What about the alt-left that came charging at, as you say, the alt-right? Do they have any semblance of guilt? ... I think they do," Trump said, appearing on the defensive.

After facing criticism over the weekend for his initial response, in which he failed to denounce the hate groups of the rally by name, Trump did call out the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists on Monday as "repugnant" and "criminals and thugs." One day after the condemnation, however, the president was mired in a series of misfire retweets on Tuesday morning and then went on the offensive during the later address.

Trump attacked the media, calling the reporters in attendance "fake news," and, when discussing the protests over the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue, asked if statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson should be removed as well: "George Washington was a slave owner, so will George Washington now lose his statues? Are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson? Because he was a major slave owner."

Many viewers who took to social media were left stunned by the remarks, with those in the political and Hollywood realms largely at a rare loss for words.

Chris Licht, executive producer of CBS' The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, tweeted plainly: "Monologue. Blown. Up. Again. Good thing @colbertlateshow team is used to this."

ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel tweeted that he hadn't seen anything so crazy since "Tyson bit Holyfield."

All of late-night TV got their chance to take Trump to task for his response to Charlottesville on Monday night, and the reactions signal Tuesday night will follow suit. See some of the rejoinders below.

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