Speed Reads

Late night tackles the Capitol insurrection

Stephen Colbert wants to know what insurrectionist Republicans are offering in return for 'unity'

"Last week we saw one of the darkest days in American history, and for better or worse, I was there," The Daily Show's Jordan Klepper said in a dispatch Tuesday. Klepper accompanied the mob of President Trump's supporters as they marched on the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, peppering them with questions along the way, but he left when the first shots were fired and before the ransacking began.

"It's been six days since MAGA terrorists ransacked our Capitol building, but the danger hasn't passed yet," Stephen Colbert said on Tuesday's Late Show. The FBI has warned that new "'armed protests' are being planned from Jan. 16 through at least Jan. 20 — four days! That's not an anti-government insurgency, that's a music festival. It's Coupchella — which is really the only place it's appropriate to go shirtless in buffalo horns." He eventually mocked the shirtless, horn-wearing "Q Shaman," Jake Angeli, for demanding organic food in jail — and rolled his eyes at a judge ordering that he get it.

"For almost a week now, we've had people trying to tell us what we saw isn't what we saw," so it was "reassuring" to see the FBI say "the MAGA maniacs who tried to overthrow the government are going to pay," Colbert said. "So, MAGA-heads who thought the feds were out to get you, I'm happy to say: they are now. I have a feeling you'll soon be occupying another federal building for a long time."

Trump is clearly "not taking alt-right terrorism seriously at all," Colbert said, explaining how we know it wasn't "antifa people" who stormed the Capitol And "with the 25th Amendment option off the table, House Democrats are set to impeach the president." But "the GOP has new talking points for why they think removing the president is the wrong move," he added, and he was not impressed: "Okay, let's 'unify' in punishing all the insurrectionists and their political leaders who legitimized their homicidal fantasies. There can be no healing until the sickness is identified and removed, and you can do it now! The tumor lost his Twitter feed!" He also challenged the new GOP unity chorus to explain what they are doing to reach out to the other side, arguing that "so far, you have done nothing." Watch below. Peter Weber