‘The Late Show’: Stephen Colbert Says Capitol Arrests Were “First-Degree Puppetry”

Stephen Colbert addresses the arrests of many of his men late Show Staff and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, joked that it was a “first-degree puppet” and called out Fox News for claiming it was a “rebellion”.

It follows seven people, including Robert SmigelJoe Triumph, best known as the puppeteer and voice of The Insult Comic Dog, who was filming a segment for the CBS late night show, was arrested Thursday night by US Capitol police in the Longworth House office building.

Colbert said, “On Thursday evening, when he finished his interview, [my staff] In a hallway doing some last-minute puppetry and jokey makeup, Triumph and my men were approached and detained by Capitol police, which isn’t really a surprise. Capital Police are a lot more vigilant than they were 18 months ago and for very good reason. If you don’t know what’s causing it, I know which news network you watch.”

“Capital Police was just doing their job, my staff was just doing their job, everyone was very professional, everyone was very calm. My employees were detained, processed and released. A very unpleasant experience for my employees,” he said.

Kolber said it was a “quite simple story” until Fox News “started claiming that my puppet squad had rebelled in the US Capitol building”.

“First: what? Second all: huh? Thirdly, they weren’t in the Capitol building. Fourth and I’m surprised I have to explain the difference, but in a rebellion obstructing the legitimate action of Congress and the blood of elected leaders Including shouting for everyone, to stop the peaceful transfer of power. It was a first-degree puppetry,” he said.

After joking that it was all Conan O’Brien’s fault—Triumph started off a bit on Late Night With Conan O’Brien—Colbert said, “It’s predictable why these TV talkers talk like this. They want to talk about something other than the January 6 hearing, the actual seditionist uprising that killed many and injured more than 140 police officers. But those who attacked the Capitol to stop the counting of electoral ballots To paint any resemblance between the rioters and the cigar-biting toy dog ​​is a shameful and strange disgrace to the memory of all those who died and obscenely truncated the service and courage the Capitol Police showed on him. Terrible Days But who knows? Maybe there was a huge conspiracy to overthrow the US government with a rubber Rottweiler.

According to Capitol Police, the seven people arrested were charged with unlawful entry. Officials said at 8:30 they made “a call for unrest” in the Longworth building.

“Responding officers saw seven individuals in a sixth-floor hallway, without security and without Congressional ID,” Capitol Police said. “The building was closed to visitors, and these individuals were determined to be part of a group that was directed by the USCP to leave the building earlier in the day.” He said additional criminal charges could be filed.

In a statement Friday night, CBS confirmed that Triumph the Insult Comic Dog was “on site at the Capitol with a production team” while recording interviews on June 15 and 16.

“The interviews were authorized and pre-arranged through members of Congress’ associates,” a network spokesperson said. “After the members left the office on their final interview of the day, the production team stayed in the hall to film stand-up and other final comedy elements when they were detained by Capitol Police.”