Stephen Colbert continued to criticize Republican lawmakers and politicians who disapproved of efforts to indict Donald Trump of inciting insurgency. The late show The host, who previously referred to the mob attacking the US Capitol as “domestic terrorists,” questions GOP figures’ demands for unity and their willingness to practice what they preach.
“Republicans, how is your contact with the other side? You can’t stay in the game if you don’t put in a good faith chip, ”he said. “The other side is going to keep this from happening again because they’re trying to get rid of the guy who caused it. What are you ready to do to help because you haven’t done anything before? “
His comments come after a number of GOP names announced that impeachment against Trump would further divide the country. On Tuesday, Mike Pence announced that he would not be invoking the 25th amendment to remove Trump from office – a move that made no sense, Colbert said.
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“Apparently all water is under the gallows now,” added Colbert, referring to the rioters’ request to hang Mike Pence and the demonstration of a noose in the US Capitol. “I can’t fathom this self-destructive loyalty, but I think it’s worth it for the reward.”
While saying he would appreciate Trump being treated appropriately for his role in the attempted insurrection, Colbert also hopes that both the rioters and the politicians who defended or empowered them will see consequences.
For Colbert, personalities like Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz share responsibility for the dark day in American history.
“Your lies legitimized the fantasies of an anti-democratic mob who nearly killed you and your colleagues and murdered a police officer,” Colbert told GOP personalities. “Now you want to use your hollow calls for unity to sweep everything under the rug?”
See The late show Opening monologue below.