Colbert on Trump slashing national monuments: He doesn’t care because 'they’re not Confederate monuments'

Late-night host Stephen Colbert is joking about President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff: Surveillance warrant docs show that Nunes memo 'misrepresented and distorted these applications' Chicago detention facility under investigation following allegations of abuse of migrant children Ex-Trump aide: Surveillance warrants are 'complete ignorance' and 'insanity' MORE's decision to shrink two massive national monuments in Utah, saying "they're not Confederate monuments," so Trump doesn't care.

“It hasn’t been all defending pedophiles for Donald Trump. He’s also been assaulting Mother Nature," Colbert said Tuesday on "The Late Show," referring to Trump's support of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexual misconduct with girls as young as 14.

"Yesterday, Trump signed an order slashing the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase national monuments," he said.


"Hey, come on — it’s reasonable that he doesn’t care about them: They’re just national monuments, they’re not Confederate monuments," he said.

Trump, on Monday, signed proclamations slashing the borders of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, reducing them by about 84 percent and 50 percent, respectively.

The reductions erase efforts to preserve massive swaths of land from Presidents Obama and Clinton, and represent the largest-ever rollback of protected areas in history.

Earlier this year, controversy erupted over the removal of Confederate monuments in cities across the country.

In August, Trump said activists are trying to "take away" U.S. history and culture by calling for the removal of Confederate statues.

"They’re trying to take away our culture. They’re trying to take away our history," Trump said at an rally.

"And our weak leaders, they do it overnight. These things have been there for 150 years, for a hundred years. You go back to a university and it's gone. Weak, weak people," he said.