Colbert: Newt Gingrich is ‘a baby-eating werewolf’

By Megan Carpentier
Friday, August 10, 2012 9:06 EDT
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On the Colbert Report Thursday, host Stephen Colbert used the proud example provided by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), who recently defended there accusations that Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin was a infiltrator working on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood, to take a stand against Gingrich.

Colbert was responding to a Monday interview conducted by Wolf Blitzer on “The CNN” in which he and Gingrich addressed concerns that accusing Muslims in America with no evidence was tantamount to McCarthyism.

Blitzer: It smacks to start raising all these issues of McCarthyism.
Gingrich: First of all, behind McCarthyism there were real spies.
Blitzer: There were a lot of innocent people who suffered because of baseless charges
Gingrich: But there were a lot of guilty people who would never be uncovered if some people didn’t have the courage to take them on.

“Yes,” said Colbert, “it takes a brave man to randomly accuse someone of something horrible based on no evidence and then demand they refute the evidence you don’t have. So tonight, I am accusing Newt Gingrich of being a baby-eating werewolf.”

Despite laughter from the audience, Colbert continued, “There it is, it’s out there now. Do I have evidence? No! But someone has to stand up to him.”

“Where,” he asked, “will I find the courage?”

Watch the segment, which first aired on Comedy Central on August 9, 2012, below:

After his opening segment, Colbert interviewed Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN), the first Muslim elected to Congress, as part of his series, “Better Know A District.” Watch that segment below:

Megan Carpentier
Megan Carpentier is the executive editor of Raw Story. She previously served as an associate editor at Talking Points Memo; the editor of news and politics at Air America; an editor at Jezebel.com; and an associate editor at Wonkette. Her published works include pieces for the Washington Post, the Washington Independent, Ms Magazine, RH Reality Check, the Women's Media Center, On the Issues, the New York Press, Bitch and Women's eNews.
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