Stephen Colbert, host of the Late Show, agrees with disgraced congressman Matt Gaetz on last night’s show

Stephen Colbert, host of the Late Show, agrees with disgraced congressman Matt Gaetz on last night’s show

What’s new this year, Stephen Colbert? On last night’s broadcast, the host of a late-night talk show startled both us and himself by agreeing with disgraced congressman Matt Gaetz. Colbert sided with the Florida politician when addressing the current debate for House Speaker, which is entering its third day after Kevin McCarthy lost his sixth vote yesterday (Jan. 4).

On the first day of McCarthy’s failed vote (Jan. 3), Colbert began his Late Show monologue by sharing two resolutions for 2023: “to drink less and to not gloat when bad things happen to Kevin McCarthy,” but the comedian promptly raised a glass to his mouth and sucked down an entire drink, before looking in the camera and saying, “0 for 2.”

Colbert described the day as one of “pure, uncut, Peruvian, blue-flake schadenfreude” after “watching the GOP stab one other in the throat.” He went on to describe McCarthy’s several unsuccessful votes on his next episode.

Last night, Colbert was once again ecstatic over the “fantastic” failure, opening his monologue with his customary glee about McCarthy’s unconfirmed Speaker position. After the second day of voting, he reminded his audience, “McCarthy’s not backing down, but neither are his opponents, like Florida representative and failed clone of Jay Leno, Matt Gaetz.”

Gaetz reversed his position and sent a letter to the Architect of the Capitol, which Colbert shared with his audience, after McCarthy stepped into the Speaker’s office last weekend before legally gaining the title.

“What is the basis in law, House rule, or precedent to allow someone who has placed second in three successive speaker elections to occupy the Speaker of the House office?”

Colbert read aloud the letter from Gaetz.

The late-night host then said, “I can’t believe I’m actually going to say this, but Matt Gaetz is right.”

His remark immediately brought plenty of laughter from inside the studio, and Colbert added, “Well, I mean, that’s weird, but you know what they say: Even a broken clock would be a much better congressman than Matt Gaetz.”

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is broadcast on CBS weeknights at 11:35/10:35c. Watch Colbert’s whole monologue in the video available above.

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