Stephen Colbert blasts Kevin McCarthy over Marjorie Taylor Greene excuses

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) /

If the Republican Party is in the middle of a civil war, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is doing whatever he can to play both sides. That was the message behind Stephen Colbert’s monologue last night on The Late Show.

On Wednesday, House Democrats led a vote to strip Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of her committee assignments. It came after even more videos and social media posts resurfaced in which Rep. Greene espoused conspiracy theories and supported violence against lawmakers.

Democrats hoped the Republicans would take action against Rep. Greene, a freshman congresswoman from Georgia backed by former President Donald Trump. But the GOP never went far enough with some members even defending Rep. Greene.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has taken the blame for failing to act and only lightly criticizing Rep. Greene. According to Stephen Colbert and others, Leader McCarthy is trying to play both sides of a battle to serve his own political interests.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has quickly become public enemy #1 for late night television hosts. Colbert, Seth Meyers, and Jimmy Kimmel have spent a significant portion of their monologues mocking the congresswoman for her conspiracy theories and connections to QAnon.

So before he moves on to Leader McCarthy, Colbert takes time to land a few more shots against Rep. Greene. He dismisses her attempt to get credit for simply accepting reality, her efforts to blame “big media,” and her argument that past words don’t represent who she is today. Colbert sounds frustrated as he works through Rep. Greene’s logic and it’s hard to blame him.

Stephen Colbert calls out Kevin McCarthy’s inaction to discipline Marjorie Taylor Greene

A House vote to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was only necessary because House Minority Kevin McCarthy failed to discipline her. Stephen Colbert jokes that Leader McCarthy is leading the Republican Party on a road to nowhere and sees “very fine people” on both sides of the GOP civil war.

Colbert really turns up the heat on Leader McCarthy after the California congressman suggested he didn’t know what QAnon was. The Late Show host then throws to a clip of Kevin McCarthy denouncing the conspiracy theory as having no place in the Republican Party.

It gives Colbert another chance to condemn the GOP and its ethics. Rep. Greene faced no consequences for suggesting a Jewish space laser started wildfires but dozens of Republicans voted via secret ballots to strip Representative Liz Cheney of her leadership position because she voted in favor of impeaching President Trump.

But Colbert isn’t holding his breath that anything will change within the Republican Party. Instead, he wouldn’t be surprised to see Kevin McCarthy further embrace conspiracy theorists if it means he gets to stay in power. This won’t be the last time we hear about McCarthy or Marjorie Taylor Greene in a Late Show monologue.

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