Stephen Colbert explains why staffers had been arrested on Capitol Hill - The Washington submit

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CBS "Late reveal" host Stephen Colbert didn't wait lengthy Monday evening to discuss the weird theme that everybody turned into waiting for him to handle: the indisputable fact that diverse members of his production crew, including the voice behind one very famous puppet, were arrested ultimate week in Washington at the Longworth condominium office building and charged with unlawful entry.

"How was your weekend?" Colbert greeted his studio audience. "I certainly had an enchanting one, as a result of a few of my workforce had a memorable one."

The host launched into a quick recap: last week, a group of Colbert staffers — together with Robert Smigel, who voices the Triumph the Insult comic Dog puppet that originated on "Late night With Conan O'Brien" — traveled to the District to interview participants of Congress to spotlight the investigative hearings into the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol.

"Democratic and Republican congresspeople agreed to check with Triumph. He's a bipartisan doggy. He's so neutral, he's neutered," Colbert noted. "Triumph and my folks shot for 2 days in congressional workplaces across the highway from the Capitol building. They went through protection clearance, shot all day Wednesday, all day Thursday, invited into the workplaces of the congresspeople they had been interviewing."

Thursday night, the group became performing some "last-minute puppetry" in a hallway, Colbert talked about, when they have been approached and detained by way of Capitol Police. (This echoed the remark that CBS released Friday when the information grew to become public. The Washington publish said that police mentioned the constructing become closed to company at the time and that the neighborhood previous had been directed to depart.)

"The Capitol Police are lots greater cautious than they had been, say, 18 months ago — and for a superb intent," Colbert noted. "in case you don't recognize what that cause is, i do know what information network you watch."

The host noted everyone turned into "very expert" and "very calm."

"My staffers had been detained, processed, and released. a extremely disagreeable journey for my personnel, loads of forms for the Capitol Police. however a fairly basic story," he talked about.

"except the next evening," Colbert continued. "When a few the tv americans started claiming that my puppet squad had 'dedicated rebellion' on the U.S. Capitol building." Colbert did not name names, but that quote got here from Fox information's Tucker Carlson.

"firstly, what? 2d of all, huh? Third of all, they weren't within the Capitol constructing," Colbert referred to. "Fourth of all — and that i'm shocked I should clarify the change — however an rebellion contains disrupting the lawful moves of Congress and howling for the blood of elected leaders, all to keep away from the peaceable switch of energy."

"This was first-degree puppetry," he added. "This was high jinks with intent to goof. Misappropriation of an ancient 'Conan' bit. It's in fact Conan's fault."

Colbert spoke of such charges have been "predictable."

"They need to talk about anything other than the January 6th hearings on the exact seditionist insurrection that resulted in the deaths of varied individuals, and the damage of over 140 police officers," he pointed out. "however drawing any equivalence between rioters storming our Capitol to prevent the counting of electoral ballots and a cigar-chomping toy dog is a shameful and grotesque insult to the reminiscence of each person who died. And it obscenely trivializes the carrier and the braveness the Capitol Police showed on that horrific day."

Colbert remarked that the incident came about on the fiftieth anniversary of the Watergate ruin-in, so it could have been a conspiracy. He joked that it changed into similar to such "puppet lawlessness" as "The great Muppet Caper" and "the 'Fraggle' riots of the Nineteen Eighties."

"but in this case, our puppet changed into only a puppet doing puppet stuff. And sad to assert, so a whole lot has changed in Washington that the Capitol Police do should dwell at high alert all of the time as a result of the assault on January 6th," he noted. "and because the hearings prove extra obviously every day, the blame for that exact insurrection all goes to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin's puppet."


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