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'Despair is a victory for hate' says Colbert in emotional monologue

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Stephen Colbert gave an emotional opening monologue on Monday night. (CBS photo) Stephen Colbert gave an emotional opening monologue on Monday night. (CBS photo)
NEW YORK (WFSB) -

Late night television, like its viewers, has been reacting to what happened in Orlando.

During Monday night's show, Late Show host Stephen Colbert gave an emotional opening monologue during which he professed that he didn't know what to say anymore.

"Like you, I am sickened by the news that early [Sunday] a terrorist killed 49 people and wounded 53 more in Orlando in the most deadly shooting in American history," Colbert said. "Naturally, we each ask each other 'what can we possibly say in the face of this horror?'"

Colbert continued to say that sadly, we all know what to say and that it's become a sort of script that plays out every time.

"By accepting the script, we accept that the script will end the same way every time with nothing changing except for the loved ones and the families of the victims for whom nothing will ever be the same," he said. "It's almost tempting to be paralyzed by such a monstrously hateful act."

Colbert said he didn't know what to do.

"But I do know that despair is a victory for hate," he said. "Hate wants us to be too weak to change anything."

Colbert said there have been outpourings of love for Orlando from all over the world.

"Love does not despair," he said. "Love makes us strong. Love gives us the courage to act. Love gives us hope that change is possible. Love allows us to change the script."

Colbert asked people to love their country, love their family, love the people of Orlando, but reminded them that 'love' is a verb.

"'To love' means 'to do something,'" he said.

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