Once again, the Republican Party has left Stephen Colbert dazed and confused. The Late Show host tried to make sense of the GOP’s vote to open an impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden despite a startling lack of evidence.
Colbert’s monologue broke the news on Wednesday night. The House GOP approved a vote to open a formal impeachment inquiry against President Biden. But as the comedian noted, it comes with an alarming lack of evidence.
Republicans claim there is enough evidence to warrant an investigation into whether President Biden and his son Hunter engaged in an influence-peddling scheme. Yet when pressed to provide concrete proof, Republicans haven’t come through with anything.
“Guys, come one. That’s kind of step one,” Colbert began his monologue. “Thank you all for coming to our wedding today. The ceremony will begin shortly just as soon as I find a bride,” he joked.
Colbert then threw to a clip in which Representative Guy Reschenthaler could not name the “high crime or misdemeanor” being investigated. The Republican’s flailing was telling for Colbert.
“Wow. That has the real vibe of a kid who did not prepare for the class presentation,” Colbert responded. “Uh, the book was not just about mice but it also had men,” he quipped.
But when other Republicans argued that it was normal to investigate a crime without proof, Colbert was ready with a counter. He specifically called out the example from Representative Pat Fallon, who said it Watergate was a 26-month investigation from the burglary to Richard Nixon’s resignation, while the current GOP is only 11 months into looking at Joe Biden.
“Right, Watergate started with a burglary and it took them 26 months to find out it went all the way to Richard Nixon. This started with [Republicans] not liking Joe Biden and spending a year not finding a crime he committed.”
Colbert’s monologue closed out the topic by turning to an unlikely source for help: Fox News. The Late Show pointed out that even the GOP’s “highly paid idiots aren’t buying it.” Personalities at the cable network aren’t on board with the impeachment inquiry, telling Colbert everything he needs to know.
Regardless, this story isn’t going away anytime soon no matter how little justification there is for it. So expect to hear more from Colbert in the coming weeks.