Stephen Colbert exposes Kevin McCarthy’s hypocrisy

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (R) and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (R) and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) /

Stephen Colbert’s monologue targeted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy once again on Wednesday night. The Late Show host called out the Republican’s hypocrisy in the wake of the GOP ousting Representative Liz Cheney from her leadership role.

The vote to strip Cheney of her role as Chair of the House Republican Conference was the results of a months-long buildup. The Wyoming representative angered fellow Republicans by criticizing former President Donald Trump and condemning the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

The GOP made it official on Wednesday. For her part, Cheney has vowed she’ll work to keep Donald Trump away from the Oval Office in the future.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was one of Cheney’s prominent critics. But his reasoning for the decision and his perspective on the Republican party left Stephen Colbert scratching his head. Just days after calling McCarthy “weak,” Colbert was after him again:

Stephen Colbert says Liz Cheney’s opinion on the Capitol riot angered Kevin McCarthy

Rep. Liz Cheney upset conservatives by denying an election fraud took place when President Joe Biden defeated former President Donald Trump. But that “big lie” is what encouraged many people to attempt an insurrection at the Capitol — something Cheney has brought up frequently.

According to Stephen Colbert, this is what angers Kevin McCarthy more than denying any election fraud took place. McCarthy has acknowledged that the election was free and fair. Yet the House Minority Leader is eager to distance himself and his party from the Jan. 6 riot.

Colbert considers this hypocrisy. His monologue highlights an anti-Cheney letter from McCarthy slamming her for “relitigating the past.” McCarthy’s claim that the GOP is a party of “free thought and debate” especially amuses Colbert, considering the party just punished one of its leaders for having free thoughts that it didn’t want to debate.

McCarthy’s description of the Republican Party as a “big tent party” also caught Colbert’s attention. The comedian sarcastically agreed, saying:

"Oh, it’s a big tent alright. There’s room for QAnons, Pizzagaters, people afraid of Jewish space lasers — everyone’s welcome. Except Liz Cheney. And gay people. And Asian people. And Black people. But they’re going to give them a separate but equal tent."

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