On last night’s episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert mocked Georgia Republican House candidate Jody Hice’s pretensions of expertise on the subject of the Founding Fathers.
He began by discussing how Hice has “built a coalition of people he doesn’t want in his coalition. So far,” Colbert said, “he’s compared being gay to alcoholism, drug addiction, ‘tendencies to lie’ and ‘tendencies to be violent,’ and said that a woman can enter politics ‘only if she’s within the authority of her husband.'”
Also, he added, Hice has said that Muslims “aren’t deserving of First Amendment rights.”
“Muslims don’t deserve to have the freedom of speech,” Colbert continued, “because they’d just use it to offend women and gay people, and Jody Hice already has that covered!”
Moreover, he said, “Jody Hice knows a thing or two about the Constitution, and he isn’t afraid to tell you about it while holding a scroll in a foyer.” Colbert then cuts to a Hice campaign commercial in which he claims that the Founding Fathers “crafted, I believe with God’s help, the most brilliant governing document in the history of humanity.”
“That’s right,” Colbert replied, “the Founding Fathers got their ideas directly from God.” But as he quickly pointed out, the ideas that Hice believes the Founders acquired directly from God didn’t come from the Founding Fathers at all.
Colbert noted a recent Buzzfeed article in which it was revealed that the majority of the quotations Hice attributes to the Founding Fathers are either fake or wrongly attributed.
For example, he attributed the inspirational quotation, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader” to John Quincy Adams — when, in fact, its author was Dolly Parton.
“It’s easy to mistake these two,” Colbert said, “especially after John Quincy Adams got those implants.”
Watch the entire September 4, 2014 episode of The Colbert Report via Hulu below.
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Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci was concerned by the clip.
"Wondering how long this can be ignored," Scaramucci posted.
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If Trump is convicted in his impeachment trial and removed from office, Vice President Pence would ascend to the presidency.
"Here it is in the wild. This is a billboard truck that puttered around Washington, D.C. all day, shuttling between the capitol and the White House and the Trump Hotel," Maddow reported, showing images of the moving billboard.
Moddow noted that on one side the truck read, "Remove Trump for Pence" and on the other, "Pence, it could be worse."