Stephen Colbert Addresses ‘Rough Week’ Following Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

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.”

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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.”

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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.”

Tune in to Global’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT, and watch past episodes online here.

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