Stephen Colbert Capitol arrests first-degree puppet theater – deadline

Stephen Colbert turned to the arrest of several of his men Late show officials and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, joking that it was “first-rate puppetry” and calling Fox News to claim it was a “riot.”

It comes after seven people, inclusive Robert Smigelwho is known to be the creator, puppeteer and voice of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, which filmed a segment for the late-night CBS show, was arrested Thursday night at the Longworth House office building by U.S. Capitol police.

Colbert said: “On Thursday night, after we finished our interviews, [my staff] you were doing a last-minute puppet show and funny make-up in a corridor when Triumph and my men were approached and detained by Capitol police, which is not surprising. Capitol police are much more cautious than they were 18 months ago, and for good reason. If you don’t know the reason, I know which news network you’re watching. “

“The Capitol police were 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. It was a very unpleasant experience for my staff, “he added.

Colbert said it was “a pretty simple story” while Fox News “started claiming that my puppet squad had carried out an uprising in the US Capitol building.”

“First: what?” Second: huh? Third, they were not in the Capitol building. Fourth of all, and I am shocked, I must explain the difference, but the revolt involves interrupting the legitimate actions of Congress and howling for the blood of elected leaders, all to prevent a peaceful transfer of power. It was first-rate puppetry, “he added.

After joking that Conan O’Brien was to blame for everything – the triumph began as a child late at night with Conan O’Brien – Colbert added: “It’s predictable why these TV speakers talk like that. They want to talk about something other than the January 6 hearings, the actual insurgency that killed many people and injured more than 140 police officers. But the juxtaposition between a rebel storming the Capitol to prevent the counting of ballots and a toy dog ​​biting cigars is a shameful and grotesque insult to the memory of all those killed and obscenely belittles the service and courage shown by Capitol police in . But who knows? “Perhaps there was a huge conspiracy to overthrow the US government with a rubber Rottweiler.”

The seven detainees have been charged with illegal entry, according to Capitol police. Authorities said at 8:30 p.m., they were “calling for disorder” in Longworth’s building.

“Respondents observed seven people, unaccompanied and without congressional credentials, in a corridor on the sixth floor,” Capitol police said. “The building was closed to visitors and these individuals were identified as part of a group that was directed by the USCP to leave the building earlier in the day. They 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” on June 15 and 16, recording interviews.

The interviews “were allowed and pre-arranged by congressional members of the interviewed members,” a network spokesman said. “After leaving the members’ offices for their last interview of the day, the production team stayed to film stand-up comedy and other final comedy elements in the halls when they were detained by Capitol police.”

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