June 29, 2022

Stephen Colbert addressed the arrests of members of his manufacturing crew on the US Capitol late final week through the opening monologue of Monday’s episode of the Late Present.

Seven members of the manufacturing crew had been charged with illegal entry after taping a sketch involving Triumph the Insult Comedian Canine. Amongst these arrested was Triumph creator and voice actor Robert Smigel.

“Triumph supplied to go right down to D.C. to interview some Congress folks to focus on some January 6 hearings,” Colbert mentioned of the sketch. “I mentioned, ‘Certain, if you may get anybody to agree to speak to you. As a result of, and please don’t take this as an insult, you’re a puppet.”

“After they completed their interviews, they had been performing some last-minute puppetry and jokey make-em-ups in a hallway, when Triumph and my people had been approached and detained by the Capitol police — which really isn’t that shocking,” Colbert continued. “The Capitol police are far more cautious than they had been, say, 18 months in the past, and for an excellent motive. In case you don’t know what that motive is, I do know what information community you watch.”

Colbert proceeded to take subject with FOX Information — and, extra particularly, its primetime anchor Tucker Carlson — for equating his crew members’ arrests to the January sixth rebellion. “I’m shocked I’ve to elucidate the distinction, however an rebellion entails disrupting the lawful actions of Congress and howling for the blood of elected leaders — all to forestall the peaceable switch of energy. This was first diploma puppetry, this was hijinks with the intent to goof, misappropriation of an outdated Conan bit.”

“Drawing any equivalence between rioters storming our Capitol to forestall the counting of electoral ballots and a cigar-chomping toy canine is a shameful and grotesque insult to the reminiscence of everybody who died. And obscenely trivializes the service and the braveness the Capitol police confirmed on that horrible day,” Colbert added.

“On this case, our puppet was only a puppet doing puppet stuff. And unhappy to say, a lot has modified in Washington that the Capitol police do have to remain at excessive alert always, due to the assault on January sixth,” Colbert famous, earlier than closing his remarks by taking a swipe at one other puppet: “And because the hearings show extra clearly on a regular basis, the blame for that precise rebellion all lies with Putin’s puppet.”

Of their preliminary assertion addressing final week’s arrests, the US Capitol Police mentioned that on the time “the constructing was closed to guests, and these people had been decided to be part of a bunch that had been directed by the USCP to go away the constructing earlier within the day.”

“That is an energetic legal investigation, and should lead to extra legal costs after session with the U.S. Lawyer,” the USCP added.

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