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‘Late Show’ host Stephen Colbert rips Republican leaders after mob storms US Capitol

‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ host went live Wednesday night to comment on the political crisis.

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This March 16, 2019 file photo shows Stephen Colbert at the 36th Annual PaleyFest “An Evening with Stephen Colbert” event in Los Angeles. CBS announced Thursday that Colbert has signed a new contract that will keep him as the “Late Show” host through at least August 2023.

This March 16, 2019 file photo shows Stephen Colbert at the 36th Annual PaleyFest “An Evening with Stephen Colbert” event in Los Angeles. CBS announced Thursday that Colbert has signed a new contract that will keep him as the “Late Show” host through at least August 2023.

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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” host Stephen Colbert went live Wednesday night during his normally-taped show to slam Republican leaders for what happened at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

What happened:

On Wednesday, a mob of pro-Trump supporters sieged the Capitol building, breaking into the location as Congress looked to certify election results in favor of President-elect Joe Biden, according to USA Today.

  • Colbert specifically hit at Sens. Josh Hawley, Marsha Blackburn, Kelly Loeffler, Ron Johnson and John Kennedy, saying they “let this happen” through ”five years of coddling this president’s fascist rhetoric.”
  • “This is the most shocking, most tragic, least surprising thing I have ever seen,” he said.
  • He called Wednesday “a horrifying day that will go down in U.S. history, however much longer that is.” 
  • “For years now, people have been telling you cowards that if you let the president lie about our democracy over and over and then join him in that lie and say he’s right when you know for a fact he is not, there will be a terrible price to pay,” he said. “But you just never thought you’d have to pay it, too. I really do hope you’re enjoying those tax cuts.” 

The bigger picture:

Congress formally validated Biden’s presidential election victory at 3:41 a.m. EST Thursday. The assault on the Capitol Wednesday made some Republicans squeamish about trying to overturn Biden’s win. There were only challenges made against results in Arizona and Pennsylvania. Both efforts lost overwhelmingly, though, as the Deseret News reported.