Appearing on the Daily Show last night, Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) was asked about his recent comments expressing confusion over the ongoing sectarian violence in Iraq. “Why do Sunnis kill Shiites? How do they tell the difference? They all look the same to me,” he said previously.
Last night, Lott explained, “Iraqis look like Iraqis and Americans look like Americans.” In Sen. Lott’s view, all Americans apparently look like him. Lott added, “Methodist, Baptists, and Catholics live in my hometown. They all look the same to me, they all look like Americans.” Watch it:
STEWART: There was one other thing that you mentioned after your meeting with President Bush that I wanted you to have a chance to address. You mentioned Sunnis and Shiites are fighting each other and we don’t know why they are doing that. And why should they fight each other, and who the hell knows the difference, or something along those lines. Do you want to address that quote in some way. I was trying to be delicate about this.
LOTT: I certainly didn’t mean to offend Muslims, but one of the points that I’ve made –
STEWART: You better not.
LOTT: I never have understood why people kill each other over religion, number one.
STEWART: Nice, I appreciate that, that’s nice.
LOTT: I always had trouble understanding — Iraqis look like Iraqis, and Americans look like Americans. Now I can’t tell –
STEWART: You mean that as unity, not as what the hell, they all look alike to me.
LOTT: Methodist, Baptists, and Catholics live in my hometown. They all look the same to me, they all look like Americans.
STEWART: Methodists have a little mole here.