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: