Stephen Colbert started his first monologue since the weekend’s mass-shooting in Pittsburgh with a very serious tone.
“It’s tragic, it’s sickening, and our thoughts are with their victims, their families and the larger Jewish community,” he opened Monday’s “Late Show.” “But more than that, I want to say, hate is not what America stands for. And tonight, all of us are with you.”
Colbert then pointed to examples of unity in the face of such horror, like a Muslim group that is raising money for those affected. Historically, that one feels unlikely.
“Naturally, in times like these, our nation looks to its president for comfort and guidance,” Colbert said. “That’s our first mistake.”
That sad-but-true joke is where last night’s “Late Show” humor began.
Watch the video above.
The fatal shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday morning killed 11 people and injured several others, including two officers and two SWAT team members. Suspect Robert Bowers has been charged with 29 federal counts, including 11 counts of use of a firearm to commit murder and 11 counts of obstruction of the exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death.
Bowers was armed with an AR-15 rifle and at least three handguns.
Read more about the tragedy here.