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Stephen Colbert and Bill O’Reilly Share a Chilly Exchange About Gun Control and the Orlando Gay Club Shooting

In his opening monologue last night, Stephen Colbert addressed the shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando this Sunday that left 49 dead. After that, Colbert sat down for a debate with Bill O’Reilly, who he had booked to come on the show before that massacre transpired. The two sat down for a nearly 20-minute debate about gun safety, terrorism, and Donald Trump’s now-infamous tweet about the events — Colbert calls it “grandstanding”; O’Reilly says it was “self-congratulatory,” but excuses it with “he wants to be president, he’s using this terrorism issue to bolster his popularity.” O’Reilly also pushes for a declaration of war against Jihadist groups and argues that the attack was not specifically a homophobic hate crime by saying “everything ISIS does is a hate crime” (though Omar Mateen reportedly declared his allegiance to ISIS, officials insist any links between him and terrorist groups are unconfirmed). Watch the full debate above and below.

Colbert and O’Reilly Debate Orlando Shooting