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Comedian Stephen Colbert downplayed his staffers’ Capitol arrests, claiming they were simply engaged in “puppetry.”
Colbert said during his opening monologue that there was no “equivalence” between his staffers’ lawlessness and what occurred on Jan. 6.
“After they’d finished their interviews, (my staffers) were doing some last-minute puppetry and jokey make-’em-ups in a hallway, when Triumph and my folks were approached and detained by Capitol Police,” Colbert explained.
After he mocked what his staffers did, Colbert took to criticizing former President Donald Trump and playing up to his left-wing audience.
Colbert also blamed Jan. 6 for the Capitol police being on a heightened alert.
U.S. House Rep Brandon Boyle (D-PA) provided some cover for Colbert in a tweet as he mocked, “Forget the #January6thHearings – thank goodness we captured the real danger! Triumph the Insult Comic Dog! @StephenAtHome“
— US Rep Brendan Boyle (@RepBrendanBoyle) June 21, 2022
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) June 20, 2022
A New York Post op-ed posed a hypothetical today:
Let us imagine, just for a moment, that it was Joe Rogan’s crew that had been nabbed making a menacing ruckus outside Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s office with no required supervision or pass. First of all, they’d probably still be in jail, lucky to get a phone call and a stale cheese sandwich. Second, Rogan would have been dragged over the coals, his advertisers pressured to renounce him, and every haircut on lefty cable news would be wearing a very stern glare indeed. Put simply, there would be consequences.
But you see, Stephen Colbert is one of the good guys — he’s against Trump — so when his crew causes a scene at our most holy temple of democracy, it’s just playful hijinks: “first-degree puppetry” was the host’s smug quip. Actually, they were charged with “unlawful entry to the Capitol.” Wait a minute — that sounds familiar. Aren’t there a bunch of people in jail for that right now?
Ultimately, there has not been any update yet as to what sort of punishment the Colbert Show staffers might face after being arrested for unlawful entry or if they will even be found guilty.
It is certainly possible they might all take plea deals that would simply involve fines or perhaps community service.