Talk show host Stephen Colbert, who has been highly critical and mocking of President Trump, had an unusual change of tone on his show Wednesday evening, after the shooting at the GOP congressional baseball practice earlier in the day.
Colbert said two stunning words – “Thank you” – to President Trump.
He started out his show as follows:
“Before we get started, I just want to take a moment to talk about the attack today in Alexandria, Virginia. Once again we’re all shocked in mind and soul by a mass shooting, this time targeting apparently Republican congressmen, and I pray to God that everybody pulls through.
“Violence of any kind is never justified, and is the last refuge of the incompetent. Thankfully, none of the members or 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.”
Colbert then played clips of responses to the attack from both sides of the aisle:
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.): “We will use this occasion as one that brings us together, and not separates us further.”
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.): “We are united in our shock, we are united in our anguish. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us!”
Colbert then concluded his opening statement:
“So, 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.”
In President Trump’s response to the shooting in Virginia Wednesday, he stated:
“We may have our differences but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in our nation’s capital is here because above all they love our country.”
“We could all agree that we are blessed to be Americans, that our children deserve to grow up in a nation of safety and peace, and that we are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good.”
Watch Colbert’s opening statement:
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