Stephen Colbert sounds the alarm on GOP members push to join Jan. 6 commission

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images)
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images) /

After Republicans voted against a commission investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, some of the party’s most controversial members are now pushing to join. Stephen Colbert had a strong reaction to the news last night on The Late Show.

The House approved bipartisan legislation to investigate the insurrection back in May. However, the bill failed in the Senate as the GOP orchestrated its first filibuster under President Joe Biden. Only six Republican Senators voted along with Democrats in support of the commission.

This week, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will lead a vote to create a select committee to look into the attack on the Capitol. Republicans argue that this will create a “bipartisan agenda” rather than a legitimate investigation. It hasn’t stopped some GOP members from expressing interest in joining the committee.

Those jockeying to join certainly caught Stephen Colbert’s attention. The Late Show host warned of the “crackpot” lawmakers looking to get a seat at the table during his monologue on Tuesday night:

Stephen Colbert singles out Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene

Stephen Colbert isn’t so sure a commission is even necessary. The Late Show host says we all know what happened, how it happened, and who should be held responsible. Fans will recall the emotional response Colbert demonstrated in the immediate aftermath of the attack on Jan. 6, blaming former President Trump’s Republican supporters.

Now two of those supporters are eager to join Nancy Pelosi’s committee. It doesn’t make sense to Colbert, who compares it to Nancy Drew investigating a murder committed by…Nancy Drew.

However, it’s no surprise to see Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Rep. Matt Gaetz are among those expressing interest. The pair have a demonstrated history of controversial positions and finding ways to derail Democrats.

Colbert takes the opportunity to hammer the duo with punchlines that will likely follow them around forever. The monologue references Greene’s “Jewish space laser” theories and the scandalous accusations against Gaetz.

Whether or not these two get a seat remains to be seen. But if it was up to Stephen Colbert, they wouldn’t be anywhere near the Capitol, let alone a commission investigating the attack that happened there.

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