John Oliver opened Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight by commenting on the mass shooting at an Orlando, Florida gay nightclub on early Sunday morning that left 50 people dead.
“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,” Oliver said. “Look, it’s still early and details are still emerging, and right now… this just hurts.”
The host added that the pain he was feeling was “so familiar,” citing the Paris terrorist attack last year, which left 130 dead.
“In Paris last November, terrorists seemed to target places symbolizing everything that is wonderful about France: culture, music, restaurants,” Oliver said. “In Orlando, early this morning, the gunman attacked a Latin night at a gay club in the theme park capital of the world. For the record, I will happily embrace a Latin night at a gay club in the theme park capital of the world as the ultimate symbol of what is truly wonderful about America.”
Oliver said it was “hard to even know what to do in the wake of an event like this,” but said his show would go on as planned. He then closed by noting how many people lined up to donate blood after the attack.
“But for right now, on a day when some dipsh– terrorist wants us to focus on one man’s act of brutality and hatred, it might be worth seeing this video, which was posted to Twitter today. It shows hundreds and hundreds of people this morning lining up around the block in Florida waiting to donate blood, and it kind of reminds you that this terrorist dipsh– is vastly outnumbered.”
See Twitter video of the lines Oliver was referring to below (this is not the video he showed on Last Week Tonight, but is indicative of the turnout).
Oliver’s comments are not yet online in an official capacity, but can be seen here. The atttack on gay nightclub Pulse left 50 dead, and 53 injured. It was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.