The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore gave the Republican presidential candidates and Fox "News" the treatment they deserved after this week's shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs.
Wilmore opened up the show this Monday by playing a portion of Fox & Friends from over the holiday weekend, where dunce Brian Kilmeade asked Harris Faulkner if she makes Kool-Aid to go with her holiday meals. Wilmore used that to segue into his next segment, where he discussed the hateful and dangerous rhetoric we've been hearing from the right, prior to and following latest act of domestic terrorism.
WILMORE: But to be fair, it's not odd for a Fox News anchor to bring up Kool-Aid. It's constantly on their minds, because that's what they're constantly serving people. It's true.
Let me tell you, Fox and the GOP love making up a big batch of Kool-Aid and doling it out like it's Jonestown.
And they start by pouring a pitcher of factless accusations, add a splash of fearmongering and then they just stir up the base.
After showing some recent news clips covering the incident and the fact that the shooter was rambling about President Obama and "baby parts," he continued.
WILMORE: That sounds very specific. No more baby parts. It's almost as if it was served up in a nice cold pitcher of Fox and their friends Kool-Aid.
Cue the talking heads on Fox and the presidential candidates in a mash up saying "baby parts" over and over again.
WILMORE: So let's review. Since the summer, Fox and the GOP ramped up their rhetoric about baby body parts being sold at Planned Parenthood. The Kool-Aid. Cut to a guy shoots up a Planned Parenthood, then rants about baby parts.
Now, you guys know what Occam's Razor is, right? The simplest explanation is probably the correct one. So do I feel comfortable saying that he was at least partially motivated by the right's demonization of Planned Parenthood?
KOOL-AID MAN: Oh yeah!
WILMORE: Thank you Kool-Aid man. […] If you think it's unfair for me to make that connection, here's the deal. Since that baby parts Kool-Aid was brewed, the FBI has been concerned with escalating violence on Planned Parenthood facilities.
Of course, those on the right, like Ted Cruz, tried to pretend that the shooter there was really some "left-wing, transgender activist," to which Wilmore responded:
Man, Ted Cruz isn't just drinking Kool-Aid, he's swan diving into it.
And then there's "the mistress of brain harvesting, Kool-Aid herself," Carly Fiorina, who, as Wilmore noted, isn't just drinking Kool-Aid, but getting in intravenously.
After showing a clip of old Snarly attacking the left for supposedly "demonizing the messenger" on this weekend's Fox News Sunday, Wilmore was just exasperated:
WILMORE: Hold on a second. The messenger is the murderer! And his message is murder! Who agrees with that message?!? There's no demonizing a demon. He's already a demon. That's his job... demoning. But Carly wasn't done.
Cue Fiorina trying to lump the Black Lives Matter protesters into all of this, who as Wilmore pointed out, were just being shot at themselves this week in Minneapolis. After asking Kool-Aid man to back him up, Wilmore explained how the right feeds into the paranoia of their crazy base with a glass of "crazy juice" with no more room in it, and showed what happens when you top if off with an endless supply of Haterade.
Wilmore wrapped things up by asking that instead of doling out more Haterade, we try to drain the crazy juice first. Don't count on anyone on the right or at Fox paying one iota of attention to that request any time soon.