As investigators continued to piece together the details of the horrific shooting at a GOP Congressional baseball practice, Americans were trying to process the grim reality of the day. Although politics in D.C. have become contentious, the use of violence against political opponents crossed a line many hoped they’d never see. The reality of what took place remains a shock to many.
For the most part, messages of support rolled in from both sides of the political spectrum. Members of the Democratic baseball team stopped their practice to gather together in prayer, and Bernie Sanders condemned the actions of the attacker who had volunteered for his presidential campaign.
Unsurprisingly, not everyone felt the need to set aside their political differences. Despite the gravity of the situation, many on the left were openly celebrating the shooting.
However, as late-night TV rolled around, notorious Trump-basher Stephen Colbert had a message that shocked some of his loyal liberal following.
From The Blaze:Stephen Colbert has been prolific in his antagonism of President Donald Trump, but in response to the horrific attack on Republican members of Congress Wednesday, instead of offering mockery or derision he said two shocking words to the president: “Thank you.”
“Ladies and gentlemen,” Colbert began his “The Late Show,” “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,” he continued, “and I pray to God that everybody pulls through.
“Violence of any kind is never justified, and is the last refuge of the incompetent,” Colbert said. “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.”
“We will use this occasion as one that brings us together, and not separates us further,” Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a video segment Colbert aired.
“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!” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said in a another video segment.
“So, I just want to say thank you to the congressional leadership,” Colbert said, “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.”
With Rep. Scalise still in critical condition, the events of the day were already turning political by night. However, Colbert stood above the fray, putting politics aside in a message of unity. As an icon of the left, Colbert’s words were important for many to hear, especially those making light of the tragedy.
If we are to overcome this event, it will take those with a platform like Colbert’s to set an example. The hateful rhetoric between people with simple political disagreements must end. Whether Colbert continues to push that message remains to be seen. However, for at least one night, Colbert took us in a better direction.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]