Stephen Colbert opened Monday’s episode of “The Late Show” on Global directly addressing Saturday’s tragic murders of 11 Jewish people in a Pittsburgh synagogue.
“Last week, scientists discovered that a hurricane had wiped out a tiny Hawaiian island,” the host began. “Just wiped it right off the face of the earth. And I want to move there because it has been a rough week on the non-submerged parts of America.”
Speaking about the Pittsburgh shooting, Colbert said, “It’s tragic, it’s sickening and our thoughts are with the victims, their families and the larger Jewish community. But more than that, I want to say hate is not what America stands for. And tonight, all of us are with you.”
The host then turned his ire toward Donald Trump: “Naturally, in times like these, our nation looks to its president for comfort and guidance. That’s our first mistake.”
Colbert played a sound bite of Trump saying that the tragedy could have been prevented if the synagogue had an armed guard; in another clip, the president falsely claims that the New York Stock Exchange had re-opened the day after the 9/11 attacks.
“Trump’s instinct when addressing a tragedy was to lie about another tragedy,” Colbert said. “I think lying about anything associated with 9/11 is a disqualifier for the presidency, or really, having any job.”
Seth Meyers also addressed the shooting on “Late Night”, calling Pittsburgh “the closest thing that I have to an ancestral home.
“I am not Jewish but my wife is Jewish, my kids are going to be Jewish, my great-grandfather was Jewish, and he took a boat in 1869 to Manhattan, and then he went straight from there to Pittsburgh.
“Members of the Meyers family have been living there and have been thriving there, in a city that welcomed them so many years ago. I just want to say thank you to Pittsburgh. We’re thinking of you, Pittsburgh.”