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Arrest and Charge Stephen Colbert?

What if you had innocently wandered into the U.S. Capitol complex on January 6, 2021 — and did nothing but walk through tourist-style, as reams of video clearly show was done by hundreds — and were still languishing now in a D.C. jail cell for that crime?

Then you would have every right to be expecting CBS’s late-night host Stephen Colbert to show up in a nearby cell. Why? Because Colbert has now openly admitted that he is responsible for sending seven of his own staff to do exactly what you did — and more.

On Monday night, the boss of this leftist insurrection attempt said this on his CBS show Late Night:

The Capitol Police are much more cautious than they were, say, 18 months ago, and for a very good reason. If you don’t know what that reason is, I know what news network you watch. The Capitol Police were just doing their job. My staff was just doing their job. Everyone was very professional. Everyone was very calm. My staffers were detained, processed, and released.

Not said by Colbert?

The members of Congress in the Longworth House Office Building — which decidedly is very much a part of the Capitol complex — were there to do their jobs. And what the Colbert “staff” did was to interrupt them and keep them from doing it. Which is to say, whether keeping Congress from counting electoral votes on January 6 or keeping Congress from conducting other business on June 16, the end result is the same.

Fox’s Tucker Carlson correctly noted this the other night on his show, bold print for emphasis supplied:

Once on federal property, Colbert’s employees did what they came to do, which was disrupt the business of Congress, and apparently they were not subtle about doing it. They pounded on doors and yelled. Whatever they did, it got people’s attention. It takes an awful lot for a police force controlled by Nancy Pelosi to arrest a group of left-wing entertainment figures, but that’s exactly what happened next. Capitol Hill police arrested seven Colbert employees and brought them to jail. All seven of them were charged with unlawful entry.

Now, that’s the identical charge that hundreds of January 6 defendants have been prosecuted for. But unlike the January 6 defendants, Colbert’s employees were not sent to the DC jail for a year and a half in solitary confinement. No, they were released after only a night behind bars, and then they fled back to New York. Why is that? What exactly is the difference in the crime? As a legal question, we still don’t know the answer. For some reason, Capitol Hill police have not released the surveillance tapes that would show exactly what Colbert’s employees did that so triggered the police force controlled by Nancy Pelosi that they were arrested, but whatever they did. Otherwise, sympathetic members of Congress are running away from it as quickly as they can.

Over in the New York Post, Federalist correspondent and Post columnist David Marcus noted that

a film crew and several comedians from Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” were arrested after ignoring and evading security inside the Longworth building in the Capitol complex.

Apparently, after having been kicked out of a hearing for lack of credentials, the crew of seven just wandered off and began pounding on the doors of Republican members and yelling, all while filming themselves.

Hello? A look at the charges filed against January 6 protesters finds many charged as follows:

Entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building

That, of course, perfectly describes what the Colbert gang did. Again, they were “kicked out of a hearing for lack of credentials” (which is disruptive conduct) and “began pounding on the doors of Republican members and yelling” (which is “disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building”).


Why exactly is Stephen Colbert, the mastermind of this “disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building,” still not under arrest and charged, as are all those protesters from January 6 who engaged in “disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building”?

Fox’s Jesse Watters got right to the reason for this monumental double standard:

Jesse Watters reveals liberal privilege’s benefits in full 

Imagine what would happen if “Jesse Watters Primetime” sent producers to Capitol Hill to harass the Democrats. Say I sent my assistant Johnny to bang on Nancy Pelosi’s door or scream at AOC while she’s recording a TikTok video. Johnny is completely unleashed without any supervision, just terrorizing every liberal who gets in his way. He may even have a puppet that he’s foisting in people’s faces. I think that’s the last time we’d ever see Johnny alive.… The outrage from the Democrats and the media would be humongous. They’d throw Johnny in solitary, probably shackle him…. His tanned face would be plastered all over CNN and MSNBC. They’d doxx his family…. Meanwhile, poor Johnny’s sleeping on a cold, concrete floor….

But the media and the Left would be perfectly fine with Johnny behind bars. In fact, they’d probably celebrate it as a victory for democracy. You see, Johnny does not have liberal privilege, so he’s got to watch his back. He can’t just stage a comedy coup and get away with it. Only Democrats are allowed to do that. Like Stephen Colbert and his dog-faced puppet soldier Triumph. Colbert essentially incited an insurrection last week.


What we have here is a classic example of liberal privilege. If Jesse Watters or any other conservative media personality sent his staff to do what Stephen Colbert ordered his staff to do, he would be toast — because Jesse is a conservative. (READ MORE: 6/16, Never Forget)

But Colbert? Stephen Colbert can order his staff to do exactly what the protesters did on January 6 and — no problem! A guy wandering around the Capitol complex dressed as a half-naked Viking with horns? Throw the book at him. A group of seven wandering around the Capitol complex and banging on the doors of Republican Congress members, disrupting congressional work with a cigar-chomping dog puppet? Hey! No problem!


The question now? When will Colbert be held responsible like his January 6 counterparts? After all, as my American Spectator colleague Dan Flynn has noted, Colbert is nothing less than an “ideologue disguised as a comedian.”

Answer? Never. Because he has liberal privilege.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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