“This was first-degree puppetry,” Colbert mentioned.
The host mentioned that the employees went by safety clearance and have been invited into the workplaces of the representatives they have been interviewing — which is essential to notice since Triumph “works on Dracula guidelines,” in response to Colbert. On the second day of filming, the employees was detained by the US Capitol Police.
“Which really is not that shocking. The Capitol police are way more cautious than they have been, say, 18 months in the past, and for an excellent motive,” Colbert mentioned. “If you do not know what that motive is, I do know which information community you watch.”
On Friday, the US Capitol Police mentioned in an announcement that officers “noticed seven people, unescorted and with out Congressional ID, in a sixth-floor hallway” within the Longworth Home Workplace Constructing on Capitol Hill.
The Capitol Police added that these people have been charged with illegal entry. CBS famous in an announcement Friday that its manufacturing workforce’s interviews with members of Congress had been “approved and pre-arranged.”
Colbert on Monday continued by saying that the US Capitol Police have been simply doing their jobs as was his employees, and that everybody was “very skilled” and “very calm.”
“A reasonably easy story till the following evening when a few the TV individuals began claiming that my puppet squad had ‘dedicated riot on the US Capitol constructing,'” he mentioned. “To start with… what? Second of all… huh?”
The host defined that there are main variations between an riot and what his employees did, which he described as “hijinks with intent to goof.”
“It is predictable why these TV talkers are speaking like this on the TV. They need to speak about one thing apart from the January sixth hearings on the precise seditious riot that led to the deaths of a number of individuals,” Colbert mentioned. “However drawing any equivalence between rioters storming our Capitol to forestall 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 ended his recount of the incident with a satirical historical past lesson of “puppet-lawlessness.”
“‘The Nice Muppet Caper,’ the fraggle riots of the Nineteen Eighties … How do you assume King Friday got here to energy within the neighborhood of make-believe?” he mentioned. “On this case, our puppet was only a puppet doing puppet stuff, and unhappy to say, a lot has modified in Washington that the Capitol Police do have to remain on excessive alert always due to the assault on January sixth. And because the hearings show extra clearly on a regular basis, the blame for that precise riot all lies with Putin’s puppet.”
— CNN’s Oliver Darcy contributed to this report.