A number of crew members filming a comedy phase on the U.S. Capitol for “The Late Present With Stephen Colbert” have been charged with illegal entry earlier this week, main distinguished Republicans together with Fox News host Tucker Carlson to falsely cry “riot.”
“Final evening, producers from Stephen Colbert’s present on CBS dedicated riot at the US Capitol,” Carlson falsely claimed on his present Friday evening.
Carlson was referring to the arrest of seven manufacturing crew members for Colbert’s CBS present Thursday evening, which was filming a phase within the Capitol with Triumph the Insult Comedian Canine, a crass puppet voiced by comic Robert Smigel. Capitol police mentioned Friday that the arrests occurred after the constructing had been closed to guests and the crew had already been informed to go away the constructing.
Colbert’s crew had completed up prearranged interviews with lawmakers and have been filming “last comedy components” within the constructing’s hallways when the arrests occurred, CBS information mentioned in an announcement. All seven crew members have been slapped with illegal entry expenses.
The arrests rapidly grew to become fodder for Republicans seeking to distract from this week’s hearings on the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol assault by falsely equating the arrests of the crew members to the violence of former President Donald Trump’s supporters.
“It’s precisely like what occurred on Jan 6., so we’ll take a detailed have a look at what the punishments are,” Carlson informed his viewers Friday evening.
He’s mistaken. Within the case of Jan. 6, 5 folks died and greater than 140 officers have been injured after a whole bunch of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an try to cease the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory. Within the case of Colbert’s crew, they have been arrested filming a comedy phase that includes a puppet greatest identified for hurting folks’s emotions.
And there have been damage emotions. Congresswoman and QAnon supporter Marjorie Taylor Greene took a photograph of comic Smigel along with his puppet and posted it to Twitter to whine about “focused harassment.”
“Now all of you engaged in riot & enabled focused harassment towards me and my Republican colleagues,” Greene tweeted. “I’m telling the total story subsequent week.”
Disinformation service provider and Pizzagate peddler Mike Cernovich echoed the same speaking level on Twitter.
“In the event that they aren’t charged criminally the identical as J6 defendants, then extra proof of selective prosecution arises,” Cernovich mentioned in a tweet. “Judges can solely rig stuff a lot earlier than the judiciary loses all legitimacy. Throw the ebook at these trespassers.”
And Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) took the chance to match Colbert’s manufacturing crew being within the Capitol to a tour Loudermilk gave to Jan. 6 participants sooner or later earlier than the violence ensued.
“So whereas they’re accusing me of giving unlawful excursions of the Capitol, they’re giving unlawful excursions of the Capitol,” Loudermilk said, accusing Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) of permitting the manufacturing crew entry.
The distinction, after all, is that comic Smigel was armed with a microphone, and one of many males Loudermilk gave a tour to was later seen marching on the Capitol, filming an confederate who was armed with a spear whereas making focused threats towards lawmakers.