WATCH: Seth Meyers rips Rudy Giuliani for his divisive rhetoric after Dallas

Meyers explains the difference between Black Lives Matter and "only" black lives matter

Published July 12, 2016 1:34PM (EDT)

"Late Night" host Seth Meyers on Monday took a "Closer Look" at politicians' individual responses to three high-profile police-involved shootings last week.

"Vitriol and inflammatory rhetoric only make it more difficult to have the kind of constructive dialogue we need right now," Meyers said. "While many offered calm, sober responses, others used the occasion to unfairly blame peaceful protesters or political opponents."

Meyers cited former-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's recent criticisms of the "inherently racist" Black Lives Matter movement. Giuliani argued on Fox News that if he "had an organization called White Lives Matter, you would say it was a racist organization."

"Black people are disproportionately affected by racial disparities in our criminal justice system. And saying 'black lives matter/ is a response to that," Meyers said. "The problem for you, Rudy, is you're imagining the word 'only' in there. As in, 'Only black lives matter,' but no one is saying that."

Watch the full segment below:

By Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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