Stephen Colbert Addresses Arrest of Triumph and Crew at U.S. Capitol: “This Was First Degree Puppetry”

On CBS’ Late Show Monday, Stephen Colbert addressed the arrests of members of his manufacturing staff at a U.S. Capitol workplace constructing final week. Among these arrested was Robert Smigel, the longtime Saturday Night Live and Late Night author who has appeared on Colbert’s present in character as Triumph the Insult Comic Dog on a handful of events.

Colbert started his monologue by explaining what occurred, outlining what his crew had been as much as, the place they had been and who they spoke to, emphasizing they’d permission to be there. “After they completed their interviews, they had been doing a little last-minute puppetry and jokey make-em-ups in a hallway, when Triumph and my of us had been approached and detained by the Capitol police — which truly isn’t that shocking,” Colbert continued, including that the Capitol police had been far more cautious after the Jan. 6 incident.

“The Capitol police are far more cautious than they had been, say, 18 months in the past, and for an excellent cause. If you don’t know what that cause is, I do know what information community you watch,” Colbert stated.

He added, “The Capitol police had been simply doing their job, my employees was simply doing their job, everybody was very skilled, everybody was very calm. My staffers had been detained, processed and launched. A really disagreeable expertise for my employees.”

Colbert then referenced Fox News’ protection of the incident, which described the incident as an revolt. “First of all: what? Second of all: huh? Third of all, they weren’t within the Capitol constructing!”

He continued, “Drawing any equivalence between rioters storming our Capitol to stop the counting of electoral ballots and a cigar-chomping toy canine is a shameful and grotesque insult to the reminiscence of everybody who died.”

Colbert’s feedback got here only a few days after 7 members of Colbert’s staff, together with Smigel, had been arrested at the Longworth House Office Building after it had closed for the night. The staff had been recording interviews with members of Congress earlier within the day.

“Their interviews at the Capitol had been approved and pre-arranged by Congressional aides of the members interviewed,” a CBS spokesperson stated. “After leaving the members’ places of work on their final interview of the day, the manufacturing staff stayed to movie stand-ups and different ultimate comedy components within the halls once they had been detained by Capitol Police.”

However, the U.S. Capitol Police charged them with illegal entry, citing their presence within the halls with out an escort or official ID. A press release from the USCP added that they might press additional expenses.

“This is an energetic legal investigation, and could end in extra legal expenses after session with the U.S. Attorney,” the assertion stated.

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