John Oliver on Orlando Shooting: ‘This Pain Is So Familiar’ (Video)

“Right now, this just hurts,” HBO host says Sunday

Last Updated: June 13, 2016 @ 6:21 AM

John Oliver kicked off HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” on Sunday with a tribute to the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting.

“As I’m sure you know by now, at least 50 people were killed by a gunman at a gay nightclub in what is being described as a terrorist attack. And look, it’s still early and details are still emerging, and right now, this just hurts,” Oliver said. “And the worst thing is this pain is so familiar.”

Omar Saddiqui Mateen, who has been identified as the killer in the worst mass shooting in United States history, called 911 during the attack and pledged allegiance to the leader of ISIS.

“In Paris last November, terrorists seemed to target places symbolizing everything that is wonderful about France — culture, music, restaurants. And in Orlando earlier this morning, a gunman attacked a Latin night at a gay club in the theme park capital of the world,” Oliver said. “And for the record, I will happily embrace a Latin night at a gay club at the theme park capital of the world as the ultimate symbol about what is truly wonderful about America.”

Oliver ended the tribute by playing a clip of hundreds of people lined up to give blood, saying, “It kind of reminds you that that terrorist dipsh– is vastly outnumbered.”

Watch the video above.