Stephen Colbert: Republicans don’t inhabit reality

A Late Show with Stephen Colbert (Photo: Scott Kowalchyk/CBS)
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Stephen Colbert popularized the concept of “truthiness” where something feels true even if it isn’t necessarily based on fact. The Late Show host thinks the Republican Party has taken things a step further by letting their own set of facts and truth pull them out of reality.

For years, Colbert’s monologues have called out the GOP for spinning stories, misrepresenting facts, and just telling outright lies. These monologues were staples during the Trump era and helped Colbert become late night TV’s biggest draw.

But the Big Lie surrounding the 2020 presidential election has taken things to a new height. Former President Donald Trump’s insistence that the election was stolen and that widespread fraud took place has given rise to conspiracy theories spread both online and among lawmakers.

Stephen Colbert can now confirm that the GOP no longer inhabits reality. It’s the conclusion he reached after hearing how Republicans in Congress and Arizona, as well as retired military leaders, continue to push the Big Lie and pretend the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol didn’t happen.

Stephen Colbert calls out Kevin McCarthy and bizarre conspiracy theories

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has quickly become one of Stephen Colbert’s favorite targets. It wasn’t that long ago that Colbert suggested McCarthy was one of the weakest political figures in history for his loyalty to former President Trump.

Colbert’s latest issue with McCarthy comes from the Republican’s refusal to support a bipartisan investigation into the Capitol attack. The Late Show host says McCarthy’s opposition stems from knowing that he could be called as a witness to recap how President Trump denied his request for help during the riot.

McCarthy’s political motivations are nothing compared to the conspiracy theories behind the election audit in Maricopa County, Arizona. Theories ranging from bamboo ballots from China to shredded ballots fed to chickens are more than enough proof for Colbert that the GOP isn’t operating in reality.

At least some in Arizona are coming around and appear ready to drop the Big Lie. But it’s hardly encouraging for Colbert, who highlights an open letter from retired military officials (and one prankster) claiming election fraud. It’s a case of one step forward and a giant leap backward for the GOP.

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