Tucker Carlson Bites Back Against Colbert Defending ‘Triumph The Insult Comic Dog’ And Staffers Arrested At US Capitol
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: Fox News host Tucker Carlson discusses 'Populism and the Right' during the National Review Institute's Ideas Summit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday evening retaliated against CBS late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert after his comments insinuating Carlson would rather talk about Colbert’s staffers arrested on U.S. Capitol grounds than the ongoing January 6 Committee hearings.

“How is what Stephen Colbert did different from what the protestors on January 6 have been convicted of doing,” Carlson said. “That’s a very good question, and it’s a question Colbert himself spent the weekend thinking about.”

Last week a group of nine staffers from “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” including Robert Smigel, the voice of a puppet known as Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, were allegedly conducting interviews at the U.S. Capitol Building related to the January 6 committee hearings until the Capitol Police arrested them for unlawfully entering an office building.

The staffers were found near the offices of Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

Colbert used his opening monologue on Monday to explain why it’s “shocking” he has to explain the difference between his staffers and January 6 rioters.

“An insurrection involves disrupting the lawful actions of Congress and howling for the blood of elected leaders, all to prevent the peaceful transfer of power — this was first-degree puppetry,” Colbert said.

Colbert upheld his belief that the January 6 Capitol riot and Capitol Police arresting his staffers are different from one another.

“The Capitol Police are much more cautious than they were, say, 18 months ago, and for a very good reason,” he said. “If you don’t know what that reason is — I know what news network you watch.”

That’s where Carlson stepped in, calling Colbert all sorts of insulting names like a “partisan scold” or a “Karen” that acts like a “bridle middle-aged woman” who constantly lectures the public.

He even goes so far as to say Colbert and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) might be the same person.

“Have you seen them in the same room recently,” Carlson asked. “No.”

Carlson went on to say Colbert’s defense came off as a “master’s class on whiny, rich, liberal self-righteousness.”

“It’s a distillation of a worldview that is so concise and so perfect,” he said. “It is certain to be studied by cultural historians in the future seeking to understand how our civilization collapsed.”

Carlson went on to mock the actions of Colbert’s staffers and explain why he believes Colbert lost his sense of humor with the average person—excluding his audience, which Carlson described as “self-hating white liberals” like Colbert.

“Don’t tell us you’re a comedian and exempt from the normal rules of behavior and the normal federal laws about trespassing—cause you’re not,” Carlson said. “You did what they did, and you should be punished exactly the same way.”