Twitter reacts to arrests of Colbert staffer at Capitol: ‘Insurrection’

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After US Capitol Police announced on Friday that they had arrested a group of staff members associated with CBS’s “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” the night before, a flurry of comments criticizing, supporting and even mocking the incident flooded social media.

Those arrested included: Jake Plunkett, Allison Martinez, Tyrone Dean, Stephen Romond, Nicoletta Green, Brendan Hurley, Josh Comers and David Feldman. Robert Smigel, the puppeteer of “Triumph the Insult Comic Dog”, a character on Colbert’s show, was also arrested.

Many conservatives compared the arrests to the breach of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

“What did the J6 Committee know and when did it know about Colbert’s insurrection at the Capitol? The editor of the Federalist website wrote as radio host Mark Simone wondered: ‘This is exactly what the Jan 6 protesters are accused of so will those Colbert bastards get the same, not bail, treatment in solitary confinement ???”

United States Capitol Police said the individuals were charged with unlawful entry. “This is an active criminal investigation, and may result in additional criminal charges upon consultation with the U.S. Attorney,” the USCP added.

Others sarcastically suggested they get ’60 days in jail’ and said Colbert’s show should be ‘looted by the FBI’ and all Democratic congressmen who helped staffers should be “expelled”.

The incident came as the House Select Committee on Jan. 6 holds public hearings into the Jan. 6 Capitol protests when rioters seeking to overturn the 2020 presidential election stormed the Capitol building and threatened lawmakers.


Radio host Mark Levin questioned why the comedy staff members were released after their arrest, calling it “the Colbert insurrection” and adding: “They better be prosecuted with all the rigor of the law”.

The official Republican Twitter account of the House Committee on the Judiciary questioned why there was “barely a peep” of the arrests on “mainstream media”.

The group allegedly recorded video and took photos at the offices of two Republican members of Congress, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy R-Calif., Rep. Jim Jordan R-Ohio and Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo.


A CBS spokesperson told Fox News the production team was at the Capitol on Wednesday and Thursday capturing footage and other media for a new skit with Triumph.

“On Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 16, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog was onsite at the Capitol with a production crew recording interviews for a comedy segment on behalf of ‘The Late Show,'” the spokesperson said. .

Media set up before the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is holding its second public hearing to reveal the findings of a year-long investigation, on Capitol Hill, on Monday, June 13, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

“Their interviews on Capitol Hill were cleared and pre-arranged by congressional aides of the interviewed members,” the network added. “After leaving the members’ offices during their final interview of the day, the production crew stayed to film stand-ups and other final comedy elements in the hallways when they were detained by police. of the Capitol.”

Taking the opposite view from the Tories, another person said: ‘I don’t justify what Stephen Colbert’s staff members did. They weren’t supposed to be. It’s kind of funny that these members staff were arrested immediately while it took authorities several hours on January 6.”

They added, “They weren’t armed or trying to overthrow the government like the January 6 team. They were not intent on assassinating and hanging members of Congress.

Another user wrote that he would take “Stephen Colbert seriously if you understood the difference between an accidental intrusion and an armed insurrection”.

Others simply used the arrests to make jokes – mostly about Triumph the Insult Comic Dog’s involvement.

“Free Triumph the insulting comic dog. Free all political prisoners,” one joked while another called for “JUSTICE FOR THE PUPPETS”.

Staff members were arrested at the Longworth House office block after being escorted out of the committee’s third public hearing on January 6 earlier today for lack of proper press credentials.

Twitter reacts to arrests of Colbert staffer at Capitol: 'Insurrection'

Capitol Police responded to a call about a disturbance at the Longworth House office building around 8:30 p.m. when they found the group of staff and subsequently arrested them.


“Responding officers observed seven individuals, unescorted and without congressional ID, in a sixth-floor hallway,” the agency said in a statement. “The building was closed to visitors, and these individuals were determined to be part of a group that had been ordered by the USCP to vacate the building earlier in the day.”

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 18: The United States Capitol on December 18, 2019 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 18: The United States Capitol on December 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
(Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

The USCP said its agency is actively investigating the case and its investigation “could result in additional criminal charges.”

Fox News’ Brie Stimson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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