Tucker Carlson attempts to place ‘insurrection’ tag on Colbert’s staff after break-in at Capitol

via FoxNews

via FoxNews

Nine people affiliated with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert were arrested Thursday night for allegedly breaking into the Longworth House office building near the US Capitol, Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) he told Fox News on Friday.

In a statement to the daily beastCBS confirmed that members of the show’s staff, who were there to record interviews, were detained.

“On Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 16, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog was at the Capitol with a production team to record interviews for a comedy segment on behalf of ‘The Late Show.’ His interviews on Capitol Hill were authorized and pre-arranged through congressional aides of the interviewed members,” the network said. “After leaving the members’ offices for their last interview of the day, the production crew stayed behind to film monologues and other final comedy elements in the hallways when they were stopped by Capitol Police.”

According to Davis, the staff members were cleared into the Capitol complex by staff members of Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D-MA) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). Before being taken into custody, they allegedly banged on the doors of the offices of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), and Lauren Boebert (R-CO).

Police said they were responding to a disturbance call at the building, which was closed to visitors, where they found “seven people” in a sixth-floor hallway without an escort or congressional identification. Police added that the staff members were part of a group that had been told by officers to leave earlier that day.

Fox News reporter Chad Pergram tweeted a list of nine late show According to him, the staff members were arrested, one of whom was Robert Smigel, the puppeteer of “Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.” Capitol Police have not released the identities of those arrested.

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In response to the incident, Fox News hosts and other conservative commentators began to characterize the apparent break-in as akin to the January 6 insurrection, a deadly event stemming from an anti-democratic lie by a would-be autocrat.

“Maybe we have to have hearings. We may have to have our own committee to look into this kind of violation of the Capitol by CBS News,” Fox host Jesse Watters said while speaking with Davis. “Obviously, they were too aggressive: they were banging on doors and intimidating people.” Watters also raised the idea that Colbert was behind “a conspiracy.”

In the meantime, the federalist editor Mollie Hemingway tweeted an implied reference to Watergate: “What did the J6 committee know and when did they know about Colbert’s insurrection on Capitol Hill?” Monica Crowley, Frequent Fox Guest intervened with, “Insurrection! Death of democracy!”

And the eponymous host of tucker carlson tonight he confidently stated that the event was “exactly like what happened on January 6.”

“Some members of Stephen Colbert’s team are likely to be held in solitary confinement for a year and a half without charge. Why? Because this is an insurrection,” Carlson said.

“Joking aside, how come they’re not being held for a year and a half in solitary confinement without being charged?” he continued. “Because the precedent is in place. And how can Adam Schiff, who spent the last year and a half taking away civil liberties from Trump voters on the basis of January 6, do the exact same thing and not face punishment?

— Matt Wilstein contributed reporting

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