Even Jordan Klepper can’t discover the humorous facet of an armed rebel.
The comic has traipsed deep into the MAGA world for his segments on “The Day by day Present,” uncovering the comedy and absurdity at former President Donald Trump’s rallies. So on Jan. 6, 2021, he and his group headed to the U.S. Capitol to doc Trump supporters who took to the grounds to protest the certification of the 2020 election that President Joe Biden gained.
“We anticipated, I might say, the primary two-thirds of the day to go the best way they went,” Klepper advised HuffPost in an interview.
Throughout that point, Klepper did his traditional factor. He interviewed a person with a pitchfork. He tracked down the whackiest merch. And he highlighted the ridiculousness of all of it, strolling the streets and asking strangers, “Excuse me, is the sedition occurring over right here?”
However when folks began setting off flashbangs, it was time to go.
“We have been proper subsequent to the Capitol. We’d interviewed a bunch of oldsters. They have been clamoring on the skin [of the building] and explosions began to happen,” Klepper advised HuffPost. “We weren’t certain what they have been, if protesters have been setting them off, if police have been setting them off.”
“We have been with safety and safety actually got here as much as me and our producer and was like, ’We don’t know what these are. We are able to defend you from folks proper now, however we will’t defend you from these gadgets going off. I believe we have to go now. And so at that time, we left,” he added.
That was proper earlier than rioters breached the constructing. Like a lot of the remainder of the world, Klepper noticed because the violent mob besieged the Capitol, briefly halting Congress’ certification of the electoral depend.
“Whilst we have been leaving, it was dire and unhappy to look at, however I nonetheless didn’t think about them getting so far as they’d gotten,” he stated. “I acquired into my automotive and I drove again residence, listening to the radio, and so it was occurring in actual time and it nonetheless blew my thoughts.”
In footage close to the Capitol from Klepper’s Jan. 6 episode, a loud increase is heard earlier than he wraps up the phase: “Thunder? A cannon? Tear gasoline? Let’s not wait to search out out.”