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Seth Meyers scraps monologue to focus on Orlando mass shooting

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Seth Meyers dispensed with his opening monologue on Monday’s episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers to focus on the mass shooting at and Orlando, Florida gay nightclub on Sunday that left 49 dead and 53 wounded.

“Usually right now in the show, we would start with our monologue. We would tell you jokes about today’s news. So much, though, of the news right now is dominated by the horrific events in Orlando, the attack on the LGBTQ community there,” Meyers said. “And so, we decided we would try to address that and, in addressing it, maybe help us all process it a little bit more, because I don’t know if we can ever fully understand it.”

What followed was Meyers’ Closer Look segment, where he deep-dived into the events of the shooting, commenting on the heroic acts that happened in its wake (including hundreds of people who lined up to donate blood), and what he expects will become “another contentious national debate on gun control” going forward.

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Meyers also commented on presumed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who after the shooting tweeted, “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!”

“Appreciate the congrats? I don’t know who’s been congratulating Donald Trump, but you may want to redirect your congratulations to the first responders or those waiting in line to give blood,” Meyers said. “They’re the ones who deserve congrats, and they’re not asking for it. I have a feeling Donald Trump’s not giving blood, and if he did, no one would want it, because it probably looks like Ectoplasm.”

Meyers continued, “So while there were some who were busy callously exploiting the tragedy to spread bigotry and misinformation, let’s keep in our hearts the victims and applaud those acts of love and humanity that poured forth in Orlando and across the country. Because at the end of the day that’s what will endure.”

Watch his segment below.

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