Colbert Commends Trump, Bipartisan Response to Virginia Shooting — Watch

Stephen Colbert on Wednesday began The Late Show by thanking members of government — citing both President Donald Trump and congressional leadership — for their response to the shooting in Alexandria, Va.

The incident took place earlier that day, when a lone gunman took fire at a baseball field occupied by members of the GOP. Among those wounded was House of Representatives majority whip Steve Scalise, who was shot in the hip and remains in critical condition. The gunman was later killed by police.

“Once again we’re all shocked in mind and soul by a mass shooting, this time targeting, apparently, a Republican congressman,” Colbert began. “I pray to God that everyone pulls through.

“Violence of any kind is never justified and is the last refuge of the incompetent,” he continued. “Thankfully, none of the members of their staff or police were killed today, and I will say this: Even in the horror of this day, there was reason to take heart in bipartisan responses like this,” at which point he queued up clips of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan addressing the incident. Ryan, in particular, struck a chord when he declared that “an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us,” looking beyond party lines in wake of such a heinous attack.

“I just want to say thank you to the congressional leadership and to the president for responding to this act of terror in a way that gives us hope that whatever our differences, we will always be the United States of America,” Colbert concluded.

Press PLAY on Colbert’s monologue above to watch his opening remarks in full.

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  1. Marie58 says:


  2. buzzks says:

    Hopefully he reflects on his shows the last several months and the hatred he spewed and rethinks his approach in the future although it sure didn’t take long to return to bashing.

    • Summer says:

      I mean, the bashing isn’t unjustified, but at least he’s gracious enough to also give credit where credit is due.

    • peterwdawson says:

      Yeah like that time he told a Senator to take a ride on his machine gun… oh wait, that was a guy the President welcomed to the White House earleir this year.

  3. MLO says:

    Sorry- exactly what did Trump do that deserves to be praised? Pretend he’s a human being for two minutes. Puh-lease!

    • Mary says:

      I guess with this man that is a big milestone. Sure it won’t last and I wouldn’t be surprise that someone wrote that speech but you have to take it when you can. Remember every child needs encouragement at times, even the one in the WH.

  4. Wow, it takes the attempted assassination of Republican congressman and congresswoman to get Colbert to calm down his rhetoric. Maybe, if everyone would take a deep breathe and calm down (specifically the media) the country wouldn’t be so divided. And, yes, I agree that Trump also needs to shut up (stop tweeting, etc.)

    The unemployment rate is the lowest its been since 2001, the stock market is at all time highs,Trump is the first Republican Candidate and now President to acknowledge the LGBTQ community, illegal immigration is down sharply as many illegal immigrants are even self-deporting, ISIS is losing ground in the Middle East, he has re-established our relationship with one of our biggest allies in the Middle East, Israel, Trump is the first sitting President to visit the Wailing Wall, take a flight directly from Saudia Arabia to Israel, etc. so there is plenty of good news out there that we can and should focus on.

    • Mary says:

      Wow it also took an attempted assassination for #45 to acknowledge a extremist other than a Muslim to tone down his rhetoric. Maybe if he hadn’t promoted hate and divide during his campaign things wouldn’t have escalated to this degree. Yes when you round up people like cattle and demoralize them then yes the numbers go down. Did you forget about marriage equality in all 50 States under Obama. Yes he has acknowledge them but has passed laws to set their progress back a few years. Unemployment has been going down when Obama was in office and if you look at the stats there isn’t that much of a difference. I will say the market has gone up, but when you take away all the regulations that is too be expected. Remember before the crash what these big banks were able to get away with and how long it took to recover from it. Yes the good news is people are willing to stand up to the injustices and are becoming active again.

  5. Babygate says:

    The comments here perfectly illustrate why this deranged individual felt justified to express his discontent with violence. Resist. Right? And like Lynch said, some blood will be shed. Or like Madonna, Julius Cesar and a number or anti-Trump music videos articulate, murder is ok. God help us.

    • Mary says:

      This deranged individual does not represent the masses as a whole. Many people who have expressed discontent would never resort to violence. Do you blame all Christians when one bombed planned parenthood? Do you blame all alt right white boys when one shot a church full of blacks. You get my point. People are responsible for their own actions and to say that the extremist on both sides signifies this result is ignorant at best.

      • Eli says:

        If a Christian artist made a music video where he was blowing up a planned parenthood building then yes I would blame him. If a right wing extremist held a bloodied Hillary head then yes. I called out republicans during the Obama administration who made the Obama effigies with nooses. I do not blame most liberals for this attack. I do blame people like Snoop Dogg who made a video where he was assasinating trump. I do blame Kathy Griffin who took a photo holding a decapitated trump head. I do blame Madonna who said she wanted to blow up the White House. Do I blame the person who said I don’t like Trumps policy on “A” because of blah blah blah. No I do not.

        • Mary says:

          Seriously, so you watch no violent movies or videos because it will make you do bad things. Intelligent people knows the difference. Obviously you didn’t hear the whole statement Madonna said. Quote yes she had thought of it but she knew it would be wrong. See logical rational people knows the difference. Griffin photo, although gross, did not prompt anyone to do something illegal. Do we really have this many clueless in the world?

  6. Rob says:

    Nothing is going to change because of what happened. I hate being cynical but let’s be real here, the NRA is counting on American’s to eventually forget about this and move on to our typical obsession with pop culture and our ease at watching hundreds of murders a week on TV

    • S says:

      Here we go with gun control again, didn’t see that coming. All you have to do is take a look at what parts of Europe have become in the last ten years to know that people will need to be armed in the future.

      • Mary says:

        Here we go with people burying their head in the sands regarding gun control. If you see nothing wrong with mentally unstable people or ones who have a history of domestic violence being able to get a gun then you are part of the problem not the solution. Not surprise if 20 children being murder didn’t promote change I doubt this would.

        • S says:

          Burying their heads? Do you have any idea how easy it is to get a gun if you want one even with the strict gun laws? I live in Canada where you could be charged with murder for shooting an intruder in your own home. There are very strict gun laws here and people are still getting shot on the regular. I envy Americans who can still protect themselves In the event lethal force is needed.

      • V.J. says:

        No, they don´t. I live in Berlin, we had an attack last year and I´m against greater acces to guns or weapons in general. You know why? Look at the statistics. The U.S. has far more gun-related deaths than any other developed country. I don´t want more guns on the street. If you have gun control you have fewer gun-related deaths. It is just that simple and I´m not quite sure why this isn´t just common-sense but I think this whole debate is just a huge cultural difference I will never understand.

        • Mary says:

          It is not a culture difference because many in the US are advocating for gun control. Yes one would think common sense would prevail but when you are bought and paid for by the NRA that theory is out the window. The GOP response to this, because it affected them, is to have the citizens pay for security for them. They complain about helping the less fortunate but I guess their lives are worth more, at least to them.

        • S says:

          Im not even talking about terrorist attacks, the likelihood of dying in a terrorist attack is minimal, so is a mass shooting for that matter but that’s a different debate. Look at Katrina for instance when 911 doesn’t answer your calls, when the government funded angencies close their doors when they are actually needed. There are instances when a gun is needed if you want to survive and there is no denying this fact unless you’re burrying your head in the sand.

  7. broncfanwa says:

    O geez. Yet another opportunity to yell “SEE? I was right!” on both sides. What it really is is an instance where TPTB demonstrates that some things just transcend party lines and can unite people. Yes it’ll go right back to the childish taunts stupid tweets and “your side is evil!” “no YOUR side is evil!” but isn’t anybody the slightest bit grateful that there are still a few things to make the little monsters hit the pause button?