Stephen Colbert, host of “The Late Show,” made headlines last month for a rant against President Donald Trump that some found offensive, but on Wednesday the comedian delivered a two-word response to the commander-in-chief that might surprise you.
Colbert, who opened his show by addressing the terrifying attack on Republican congressmen that left one representative in critical condition, took a starkly different tone than he did while fiercely chastising Trump back in May.
“Once again, we’re all shocked in mind and soul by a mass shooting, this time targeting apparently Republican congressman,” Colbert said. “Violence of any kind is never justified and is the last refuge of the incompetent.”
But the comedian said that, despite the country experiencing such a troubling event, he believes there is reason to “take heart in bi-partisan responses” from House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, among others.
These congressional leaders came out calling for unity after authorities said alleged gunman James T. Hodgkinson shot at the Republican congressman and their staffers on Wednesday as they practiced for a charity baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia.
“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,” he said.
Watch Colbert’s response to the shooting attack below: