Tucker Carlson took a cheeky jab at Stephen Colbert after the late-night comedian’s producers broke into the Capitol last week.
Carlson questioned whether Colbert’s employees would be penalized for the “insurrection” with the kind of overzealous, political prosecution that Jan. 6 defendants have suffered over the last year and a half.
Tucker jabs Colbert
The Colbert producers were all charged with unlawful entry, a crime that many January 6th defendants face, Carlson said.
“Stephen Colbert’s producers just committed insurrection at the US Capitol,” Carlson said in a tweet of the segment.
Stephen Colbert’s producers just committed insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. pic.twitter.com/8lHkIcCYld
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) June 18, 2022
The Fox News host jokingly suggested that the producers could expect to languish in solitary confinement after the Soviet “precedent” set by the Biden Justice Department’s response to Jan. 6.
“It is likely that some members of Stephen Colbert’s team will be held in solitary confinement for a year and a half without being charged,” Carlson said. “Why? Because this is an insurrection.”
Carlson also took aim at smear merchant and Jan. 6 committee member Adam Schiff (D-CA), known for spreading the “Russian collusion” hoax.
Despite spending “the last year and a half eliminating the civil liberties of Trump voters” using Jan. 6 as a pretext, Schiff seems to be evading punishment for allegedly letting the Colbert producers inside the Capitol, Carlson said.
“It’s exactly like what happened on January 6th,” Carlson said, concluding that he would follow up on what, if any, consequences Schiff and his co-conspirators might face.
While Jan. 6 protesters have faced draconian treatment, “mostly peaceful” Black Lives Matter rioters have generally been dealt with leniently by the justice system, a contrast that many on the right say is evidence of a double standard.
Nearly a year and a half after the January 6th riot, many defendants have yet to go on trial and some are still in pre-trial detention in a Washington, D.C. gulag. By contrast, by the time Carlson’s segment aired Friday, Colbert’s producers had been released after spending the night in jail.