On Tuesday night, CBS’ "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" mocked National Rifle Association (NRA) spokeswoman Dana Loesch in a controversial sketch which ends with the sound of a gun shooting off multiple times and the activist yelling.
While it’s unclear from watching the sketch if Loesch is "shot" herself, the description of the video from the show's YouTube channel certainly suggests she is: "As the nation's prominent advocate for gun rights, you'd think the NRA would be better at defending itself," the caption reads.
Introducing the NRA’s "newest charity initiative," the actress playing Loesch says the organization is now "arming stray cats that live on the mean streets." The cat has a gun strapped to its back.
"Now run along, you’re safe now," says the actress. When the cat is put down, gun shots immediately ring out and the fake Loesch screams, "Oh, God! Oh my God!"
Loesch has been a prime target for anti-gun extremists. The activist, who is routinely threatened online, was booed and maligned during a CNN town hall event in the wake of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, for example.
"After the broadcast ended, one of my detail had to stop a woman who rushed the stage to tackle me from behind. That is when [Jake] Tapper asked me if I had an escort out. I am positive that CNN’s cameras, still operational, observed this and would like for them to release the footage," Loesch recalled last month. The spokeswoman made the remark after it was amazingly announced that CNN won the Walter Cronkite Award for the mob-like event.
As reported by NewsBusters, Loesch was also maligned with shouts of "murderer" at the event and had her fitness as a mother questioned by Stoneman Douglas student activist Emma Gonzalez.
"Alright. Dana Loesch, I want to know that we will support your two children in the way that we will not — you will not," said Gonzalez.
The high schooler went on to ask about gun modifications, such as bump stocks — which have now been outlawed by the Trump administration.
As Loesch was answering Gonzalez’s question, at least three hecklers interrupted, screaming "Murderer!" and "You’re a murderer!"
Moreover, when the political commentator left the CNN stage, attendees chanted "Shame on you!" and yelled "Burn her!"
In 2017, Loesch revealed that she and her family had to flee her home after receiving credible rape and death threats from gun control zealots. In a series of tweets, Loesch explained:
Spent my weekend preparing to move due to repeated threats from gun control advocates.
One guy hunted down my private cell phone number, called when police were here, threatened to shoot me in my front yard.
Another guy created a string of social media accounts, posted photos of my house, threatened to rape me to death.
Another gun control advocate, after threatening to hunt me down and assault me, dragged my kids into it.
I’m grateful that my kids’ school worked with law enforcement and private security to ensure campus safety, and work with me.
Colbert has increasingly spouted hyperpartisan rhetoric since the election of President Donald Trump. The comedian was called out for "homophobia" by Vox and other left-wing media outlets after he attempted to mock the president.
"In a string of insults against President Donald Trump last night, comedian Stephen Colbert lined up what he surely thought was a great, hilarious diss. Instead, he blurted out some homophobia," Vox reported at the time. "Colbert was in the middle of a monologue launching various insults at Trump, including some fat shaming, 'presidunce,' and 'pricktator.' In the course of this, he said, 'The only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s cock holster.'"